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.
JSR-107 JCache API co-spec-lead Brian Oliver has announced that "unfortunately we've missed a few of the key delivery dates for JSR-107 to be included in Java EE 7" and "it's only reasonable to notify everyone that it's now highly unlikely JSR-107 will be included in Java EE 7."
Twemproxy is a proxy server that allows you to reduce the number of open connections to your Redis or Memcached server.
Couchbase Server 2.0 main features include flexible JSON data model, distributed indexing and querying, incremental map-reduce, and cross data center replication.
Terracotta Inc has released BigMemory 3.7, an off-heap store snap-in for Enterprise Ehcache. BigMemory speeds up applications by keeping data in memory, without the long garbage collection pauses that is common for large JVM heap sizes. New in this version is support for multi-terabyte servers, lower search indexing overhead, and enhanced security.
In their presentation posted at InfoQ systems and data architects Ben Stopford, Farzad Pezeshkpour and Mark Atwell show how RBS leveraged new technologies in their architectures while facing difficult challenges such as regulation, competition and tighter budgets. They also need to cope with stringent technical challenges, for instance with efficiency and scalability.
Recently Couchbase published a comparison of Couchbase and CouchDB to denote the differences and simlarities between the two. This document addresses a common question: "What is the difference between CouchDB and Couchbase?", and what happened to Membase? InfoQ caught up with James Phillips, a Couchbase founder, to discuss the comparison and the merger of the two products Membase and CouchDB.
Mark McGranaghan gave his talk about "High Availability at Heroku" at QCon London 2012. His most important points and take-aways are summarized in this report.
Version 2.0 of Hazelcast, a Java-based caching, clustering and data distribution solution, has recently been released. As part of this, the product is now offered in both commercial Enterprise and free open-source Community Editions.
Oracle fires a new round for the heart of the NoSQL market. This 7.2 release of MySQL Cluster has new features putting it head to head with other NoSQL solutions including REST, memcached wire protocol, NoSQL C++, and standard MySQL interfaces. Oracle boasts 70x speed gains for complex queries using MapReduce like distributed joins. Is the world ready for a MySQL/NoSQL hybrid from Oracle?
VMware releases SQLFire 1.0 a distributed SQL database geared towards high availability and horizontal scalability which offers table replication, table partitioning and parallel execution of queries.
With the release of version 4.0.24, the cache for Caucho's Resin Application Server now provides a memcached interface for both the client and the server. This means that Resin can function as a drop-in replacement for memcached solutions.
The MagLev project has released version 1.0 of their Ruby VM. The Ruby implementation is based on the GemStone/S Smalltalk VM which comes with GemStone's distributed cache, ACID transactions, and persistence system (OODB). InfoQ caught up with Monty Williams of the MagLev project to talk about where MagLev fits on the NoSQL spectrum, and much more.
NoSQL data stores offer alternative data storage options for non-relational data types like document based, object graphs, and key-value pairs. Can a distributed cache be used as a NoSQL store? Greg Luck from Ehcache wrote about the similarities between a distributed cache and a NoSQL data store. InfoQ caught up with him to talk about this use case and its advantages and limitations.
JSR-347 is the data grid specification. This specification came to life with a bit of controversy and confusion. InfoQ got a chance to catch up with Manik Surtani to get his take on JSR 347 and JSR 107 as well as his thoughts on caching, NoSQL, data grids and related topics.