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Greenplum Pivotal HD Combines the Strengths of SQL and Hadoop

by Abel Avram on  Feb 27, 2013

EMC Greenplum has announced Pivotal HD, a new Hadoop distribution including a fully compliant SQL MPP database running on HDFS and being “hundreds of times faster than Hive”.

Brent Ozar on Improving Productivity with SQL Server

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Feb 26, 2013

Brent Ozar, renowned SQL Server consultant recently shared few techniques for improving productivity with SQL Server.

Learning to Scale Websites at Mozilla

by Aslan Brooke on  Feb 08, 2013

Mozilla is scaling websites from thousands to hundreds of millions of users through simple scaling patterns they have learned internally according to Brandon Burton, web operations engineer at Mozilla. The lessons learned include caching, scaling out web servers, asynchronous jobs, and databases.

MySQL 5.6 Enterprise Edition with Full Text Indexes and Online DDL

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 07, 2013

The 5.6 series for MySQL has reached the point where Oracle feels comfortable in releasing an updated MySQL Enterprise Edition for its paying customers. This version includes a significantly updated version of InnoDB with full text search and online DDL.

Phoenix: Running SQL Queries on Apache HBase [Updated]

by Abel Avram on  Jan 31, 2013

Salesforce.com has open sourced Phoenix, a Java layer enabling developers to run SQL queries on Apache HBase. Update: An interview on Phoenix with James Taylor, Lead Developer at Salesforce.com, has been appended.

Hadoop + SQL Server + Excel = Big Data Analytics

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jan 24, 2013

Few months back, Microsoft announced HDInsight, Microsoft’s Hadoop distribution for managing, analysing and making sense out of large volumes of data. InfoQ connected with Val Fontama, Senior Product Marketing Manager for SQL Server, to know more about how the Enterprise Big Data @ Microsoft story is panning out.

Windows Azure Management Portal with Localization, Database and VM Enhancements

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Nov 27, 2012

Microsoft recently released several enhancements to Windows Azure Management Portal with support for 6 additional languages, database improvements and enhancements for virtual machines and networking including support for operation logs.

Hekaton: In-Memory Transaction Processing Integrated with SQL Server

by Abel Avram on  Nov 09, 2012 2

During the PASS Summit 2012, a technical conference for SQL Server professionals, Microsoft announced Hekaton, an in-memory row-based data management system targeted at transaction processing (TP) workloads. Besides the advertised increase in TP speeds of up to 10x for old applications and up to 50x for new optimized ones, Microsoft touts Hekaton as being fully integrated into SQL Server.

News from O’Reilly Strata Conference + Hadoop World 2012: Azure HDInsight, Cloudera Impala, MapR M7

by Boris Lublinsky on  Oct 29, 2012

Several new Hadoop-based frameworks where announced during this year O’Reilly Strata Conference + Hadoop World 2012 in New York last week.

Cassandra Storage Engine for MariaDB

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 10, 2012

MariaDB has announced a preview of the Cassandra Storage Engine. This is a plugin that allows MariaDB to access Cassandra clusters using normal SQL syntax.

Introducing SQL Server to MySQL Migration Tool from Oracle

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Aug 21, 2012

Oracle recently announced a new migration tool, which provides an ability to quickly migrate data and applications from Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL with less time and effort. The migration tool which has been integrated into MySQL Workbench, allows visual design, development and administration of MySQL databases with an advanced logging and security mechanism.

Node.js Gets SQL Server Driver, Better Windows Tooling

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 14, 2012

Microsoft continues to invest in Node.js, this time by introducing a new, open source SQL Server Driver and new Node-specific features in WebMatrix.

VMware's vFabric Suite Gains Automated Deployment and PostgreSQL Support

by Charles Humble on  May 15, 2012

VMware has today announced VMware vFabric Suite 5.1, adding automated deployment, enterprise open source support, and PostgreSQL capabilities, as well as an expansion to the SQLFire in-memory database.

AWS Beanstalk For .NET, RDS For SQL Server

by Roopesh Shenoy on  May 11, 2012

Amazon has announced support for .NET on AWS Elastic Beanstalk and a new RDS service for SQL Server, bringing better manageability to .NET/SQL Server apps hosted on AWS.

Hadoop And Microsoft

by Roopesh Shenoy on  May 09, 2012

Want to try out Hadoop with the Microsoft Stack and figure out what capabilities this brings to you? We point to some resources that can help.

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