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Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter Want to Make Sure that MySQL Is “Web-Scale”

by Abel Avram on  Apr 04, 2014

Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter have decided to make sure that a relational databases is “web-scale”, so they have put their efforts behind WebScaleSQL, a branch of MySQL 5.6 Community Edition.

HybridCluster announce free non-commercial licenses

by Chris Swan on  Feb 05, 2014 2

HybridCluster have announced a free for non-commercial use license for their cloud hosting platform. The platform supports Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP (LAMP) applications, and provides high availability and auto scaling with a combination of ‘AwesomeProxy’ a proprietary multi-protocol proxy server, lightweight containers and a ZFS based storage fabric.

Scaling Dropbox

by Saul Caganoff on  Aug 09, 2013

Being clever about system architecture in advance is hard. Scaling successfully is more about being clever with metrics and introspection, creating efficient build and provisioning processes and being comfortable with radical change. These are some of the keys to scaling at Dropbox according to Rajiv Eranki in his recent presentation at the 2013 RAMP Conference.

MySQL Reference Architectures for Small to Extra Large Websites

by Abel Avram on  Mar 14, 2013 1

Oracle has published MySQL Reference Architectures for Massively Scalable Web Infrastructure, a whitepaper outlining recommended topologies for different types and sizes of websites using MySQL for data storage.

Insight into the Phases of Scaling

by Aslan Brooke on  Mar 05, 2013

Christopher Smith shared insight into approaching and solving the problems of scaling web applications in his presentation "The Five Stages of Scale" at Scale11x last month. In Christopher's presentation he made a case for approaching scaling in a stages with well defined components that are either added or optimized to improve the overall scale of a web application.

Chef 11 is Ready for Hyperscale

by Aslan Brooke on  Feb 20, 2013

Opscode released Chef 11 early this month with enhancements to its scalability to meet the demands of hyperscale web operations. Opscode rewrote the entire server core API in Erlang and at the same time kept it backward compatible. Opscode renamed the core server API "Erchef" to complement the rewrite in Erlang.

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.

How Alibaba Catered To $3 Billion Sales In A Day

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Dec 26, 2012 3

Chinese Ecommerce Giant, Alibaba, recently managed to sell $3 billion worth of product in a single 24 hour period. InfoQ got a chance to ask a few questions to Zhuang Zhuoran and Youtan, architects from Tmall and Taobao, about the challenges of handling such loads and how they meet them.

Avoiding Downtime When Cloud Services Fail

by Abel Avram on  Jul 03, 2012

Another AWS outage hit several large websites and their services last week. What can be done to avoid downtime? Architect for failover not just for scale.

Hybrid SQL-NoSQL Databases Are Gaining Ground

by Abel Avram on  Feb 07, 2012 5

Hybrid SQL-NoSQL database solutions combine the advantage of being compatible with many SQL applications and providing the scalability of NoSQL ones. Xeround offers such a solution as a service in the cloud, including a free edition. Other solutions: Database.com with ODBC/JDBC drivers, NuoDB, Clustrix, and VoltDB.

VMware Releases SQLFire 1.0

by Kostis Kapelonis on  Jan 31, 2012 2

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.

JBoss Releases Hibernate 4.0

by Kostis Kapelonis on  Jan 18, 2012 2

JBoss Releases Hibernate 4.0 which comes with Multi-tenancy support, the introduction of a standard mechanism for writing Hibernate extensions, initial refactorings towards OSGI and several other cleanups.

X-Mas Showcase: High Scalability and Usability Rule

by Michael Stal on  Dec 24, 2011

Who ever has wondered what kind of software is used by Santa Claus & Co, got a hint recently in youtube. This might irritate some software engineers who have assumed, Santa Claus would only use Open Source Software.

Windows Azure Gets Node.js, SQL Azure Federation, Increased DB Limits

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Dec 14, 2011

Windows Azure team announced major updates including support for Node.js, better scalability for SQL Azure through Federation and higher individual DB Size limits (upto 150 GB), a limited preview for Hadoop and more.

NoSQL OODB with Smalltalk-based Ruby VM: MagLev 1.0 Released

by Werner Schuster on  Nov 15, 2011 5

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.

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