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3 Signs Your Relational Database Must Go

Application and operations teams sometimes reach a point where they must upgrade the database. Whether it’s due to data growth, lack of throughput, too much downtime, the need to share data globally, adding ETLs, or otherwise, it’s never a small project. Since these projects are expensive, any recommendation requires a solid justification.  This article a) characterizes 3 signs where traditional databases hit a wall, b) explains how vFabric SQLFire provides an advantage over traditional databases in each case, and c) should help you make a case for moving towards an in-memory, distributed data grid based on SQL.

For those of us tasked with upgrading (or architecting) the data layer, we all go through similar steps. We build a project plan, make projections and sizing estimates, perform architecture and code reviews, create configuration checklists, provide hardware budgets and plans, talk to vendors about options, and more.  Then, we work to plan the deployment with the least downtime, procure hardware and software, test different data load times, evaluate project risks, develop back-up plans, prepare communications to users about downtime, etc. You know the drill. These projects can take months and consume a fair amount of internal resources or consulting dollars. If you are starting or working on one of these types of projects with a traditional database architecture in mind, are you considering these 3 signs as you consider your options? Continue reading

Why DBaaS? 5 Trends Pushing Database as a Service

What if you could provision a highly available, compliant database in one click? For many, this sounds impossible…particularly behind the firewall. Yet, it is possible today because database management has changed.

The change has been driven by years, perhaps decades, of unmet needs. For example, we’ve all heard these types of comments made inside our respective companies:

  1. “Could we have a temporary copy of the database to use for a few days?”
  2. “We can finish faster doing it ourselves with a PC under someone’s desk.”
  3. “Didn’t we just buy a bunch of new database licenses?”
  4. “I have to test this with production data.”
  5. “It would be crazy to put two databases on the same server.

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Virtualization for Oracle DBs – Some cut TCO by 50%

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One of the biggest IT megatrends of the new millennium has been virtualization.  As of 2011:

While that sounds (and is) impressive, it will draw little more than a yawn from most of many of my DBA and ETL friends.  “Virtualization is great and all”, they say, “but we do real work.  You know, we work with Oracle and with data.” 

And, therein lies the rub.  

Database Virtualization Needs

If there is any part of enterprise that needs to increase flexibility and reduce cost, it is on the data side of IT.  For example, database operations suffer from: 

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Video Replay Available: SQLFire – Fast Data that Spans the Globe

062012_vmware_vfabric_sqlfire_fast_data_that_spans_the_globe_462103_v5_Page_02The June 20th Webcast titled Fast Data that Spans the Globe is now available for video replay.  This webcast covers several topics:

  • SQLFire – an in-memory NewSQL database with horizontal scale
  • Global, synchronous and asynchronous data replication
  • Performance, throughput, and latency
  • Using active-active databases across data centers for continuity and disaster recovery
  • High availability through transparent, application-level failover

For more information on SQLFire, here are additional articles worth checking out:

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vFabric Webcast June 20th: SQLFire – Fast Data that Spans the Globe

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For those following the vFabric Blog, one of the most intriguing new products (from both a technology and a financial perspective) is vFabric SQLFire – an in-memory, NewSQL database.  There is an upcoming webcast on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 9:00 AM PDT, titled VMware vFabric SQLFire – Fast Data that Spans the Globe.

>> To register and/or see more specifics, go to the Webcast Sign-Up.

Webcast Topics

Mark Chmarny, an evangelist focused on VMware data management technologies, will present this webcast covering:

  • High performance and  horizontal scale
  • High availability with transparent, app-level failover
  • Business continuity, disaster recovery, and active-active databases

If you are unfamiliar with the value or scenarios where SQLFire can help, several partners have commented on the value of SQLFire and the power of making the data layer horizontally scalable for cloud computing.

SQLFire Feature Summary

  • Supports SQL, JDBC, and ADO.NET for easy migration
  • In-memory speed that eliminates disk I/O and reduces latency
  • Near-linear scale
  • Data aware stored procedures
  • Write to disk in parallel
  • Elastic data layer
  • Continuous availability

>> To register and/or see more specifics, go to the Webcast Sign-Up.

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4 Ways VMware transforms Postgres for the Cloud

In a nutshell, relational databases weren’t built for the cloud. With vFabric Postgres, VMware customers can get a proven, enterprise database integrated with VMware virtualization and ready for cloud computing.

As announced earlier this week, vFabric Postgres (vPostgres) is now available within vFabric Suite 5.1 Advanced. With vPostgres, the well-respected, open-source database gains built in best practices, optimized configuration, and cloud-ready features.  While vFabric Postgres is synced up to PostgreSQL 9.1.3 minor release and includes all the new features of this version of the database (see PostgreSQL wiki for more), vFabric adds many features and considerable improvements in three categories:

1. Development and deployment become simpler, smarter, and cloud ready
2. Performance improvements with elastic memory and more
3. Monitoring and administration get an upgrade
4. Lower TCO and increased staff efficiency


Development and Deployment with vFabric Postgres

First, vPostgres is available in two form factors:

  • vPostgres Virtual Appliance
  • vPostgres RPMs for 64-bit Linux Servers (RHEL 6, Suse 11 sp1+)

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VMware Partner Viewpoint:
5 Reasons Why You Should Care about vFabric

It’s hard to argue that cloud computing has the CIO’s attention across all industries, and a whole new breed of technology companies wouldn’t exist without cloud computing. In this article, we share a summary of six VMware vFabric partner interviews. These perspectives identify 5 themes for how VMware’s vFabric cloud application development platform can improve developer productivity, cut customer technology costs, solve key engineering problems, and more.

What does VMware vFabric have to do with Cloud Application Development?

As the provider of the most popular virtualization and cloud software in the world, VMware understands the cloud journey is not just infrastructure; it’s very much about the applications that run on them. With VMware’s vFabric Cloud Application Platform, VMware is leading the charge to help development teams build, run, manage, and scale cloud-ready applications. vFabric is a group of frameworks, tools, and products that integrate development, infrastructure, and operations. The vFabric cloud application platform incorporates the best of open source stacks (e.g. Apache, Spring, Java, Tomcat, Linux) and provides built-in capabilities for virtualized deployment, scaling, monitoring, dealing with big data, and more. 

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VMware Partner Q&A: 10 Things About vFabric Worth Hearing

This interview is with Jeff Reed, Application Development Executive with Logicalis.

Q1: How have you partnered with VMware?

Answer: Logicalis is a Global Systems Integrator and premier partner of VMware.  Virtualization and Cloud Computing are major world-wide practices for us, with proven experience not only in VMware’s virtualization suite of products, but also in VMware vFabric application development, deployment, and management suite of products. We provide public cloud solutions to our customers utilizing the VMware products, as well as help our customers deploy their own private clouds.  VMware is the market leader in virtualization and a leader in the transition to cloud computing. We’re collaborating on solutions and opportunities to address the needs of today’s Enterprises as well as tomorrow’s.

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Jeff Reed, Logicalis on working with VMware vFabric

Q2) What’s your firm’s background with Java, Spring, and Applications Development and Deployment?

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