MariaDB adds NoSQL features to relational database roots

MariaDB 10 is out, featuring a “Connect engine” that makes it easier to handle data from both traditional SQL databases and more web-scale NoSQL systems. The new functionality merits new editions of the MariaDB Enterprise and Enterprise Cluster products.

How to lower your churn rate

If your SaaS company has a high customer churn rate, it’s as if you’re trying to row in a leaky boat. You can’t move forward because you’re too busy bailing yourself out. Here are four steps you can take to make sure you retain more customers and keep your churn rate low.

Google woos MySQL faithful to its cloud

There are tons of MySQL database aficianados out there who prefer to use standard tools in their cloud work. Google is obliging with new support for native connectors and drivers.

Ex-Facebookers launch MemSQL to make your database fly

Former Facebook engineers Eric Frenkiel and Nikita Shamgunov launched a startup called MemSQL that seeks to speed relational databases by taking a page out of the Facebook playbook. MemSQL boosts performance by keeping data in memory and converting SQL code into faster C++.

Google puts a price tag on Cloud SQL services

Trying to convince naysayers that it’s serious about Google App Engine as a business, Google put a price plan — actually two price plans — around its MySQL-based SQL Cloud services. Google, Amazon, HP and others are racing to add more database services to their own clouds.

Amazon’s Werner Vogels on the Stonebraker/NewSQL debate

The furor over Michael Stonebraker’s criticism of Facebook’s scaling of its MySQL database we covered last Thursday has continued to generate comments on the post itself and on Twitter. Friday, Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels weighed in with a tweet that seemed to accuse Stonebraker of hubris.

Scaling Down Saved the Day for Comic-Con Sales

Hopes were high leading into Saturday’s Comic-Con ticket-sale launch that TicketLeap’s cloud-based ticketing platform would be an availability superhero after two failed attempts in November, but those hopes were dashed nearly immediately. The problem was a MySQL bug, and the solution was scaling down cloud servers.

Nov. 5: What We’re Reading About the Cloud

IT is undergoing a series of transformations right now, a few of which were highlighted today. Among them are Dell’s mission to change its business, major storage M&A, packaging hardware and software into integrated systems, and the ongoing transition of enterprise IT into the cloud.

Why Storage Needs More Structure

Hadoop, Cassandra, HBase, Hypertable, Open Neptune… these are some open source projects that are being pursued by web technologists in order to deal with explosion of digital data in a post-terabyte world. The traditional way to deal with unstructured data isn’t working. What we need is a structured means of finding, accessing, and retrieving files and objects.