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Dec
21
2017
Posted by Ampool, Inc on Thursday 21 December 2017, 15:33

We are excited to announce the Ampool 2.0 release which is an important milestone for Ampool. This release includes many new features and important performance  improvements.
Following major features are added:

FTable Storage Format

The FTable employs block strategy for its in-memory layer that groups multiple records together and minimizes per record storage overhead and the overall memory footprint. Thus, for append-only fact tables, logs or metrics, it helps you to make optimal usage of available memory. With 2.0 following three different formats are supported.

  • AMP_BYTES : The rows are serialized using Ampool specific encoding and are stored individually.  This may consume more memory but there is no additional overhead during scan to retrieve a row.
  • AMP_SNAPPY: The rows serialized using Ampool specific encoding and compressed using Snappy compression upon reaching the specified block size.…
Dec
21
2017
Posted by VoltDB on Thursday 21 December 2017, 11:06

Previously in part one of this blog series, I explained the problems with two methods of database interactions. Traditional JDBC-style interactions mean that locking and latching take up ~30% of compute time. This overhead skyrockets when you try to use a distributed system. A NoSQL key-value interaction allows for better scalability, but for non-trivial use cases there are problems with data access control, complexity, and accuracy. This brings us to our third approach:

Method #3: Move the problem to the data, do what needs to be done, send an answer back.

In the Hadoop ecosystem it’s taken for granted that moving computation is cheaper than moving data, and the same principle can be applied to transactional work. Both of the two methods we’ve looked at incur significant costs because multiple…

Dec
21
2017
Posted by IT Peer Network on Thursday 21 December 2017, 10:00

If you’ve been paying attention to retail technology lately — especially in the apparel industry — you’ve likely heard people talking about RFID. Recent research found that the number of retailers using radio frequency identification (RFID) tech in 2017 increased 39 percent over 2016, a substantial increase. So why are so many retailers getting on board with RFID? Because the future of omnichannel retail could be built on this technology.
RFID tags and readers can provide many insights into what’s going on in stores and help keep customers happy at the same time. RFID adoption is a trend that’s likely to continue, as it presents many benefits for business including the ability to know what’s where at all times, to staff stores wisely, and to improve the bottom line.

Improved Inventory…

Dec
21
2017
Posted by GridGain Systems Blog on Thursday 21 December 2017, 09:45

Apache Cassandra has become an incredibly popular database for software architects and engineers.

Dec
21
2017
Posted by GridGain Systems Blog on Thursday 21 December 2017, 09:45

Apache Cassandra has become an incredibly popular database for software architects and engineers.

Dec
21
2017
Posted by MemSQL Blog on Thursday 21 December 2017, 09:00

Whether you’re the CTO of the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire, it could be very difficult to decide on your next database technology with the distraction of both sides constantly at war. In 2018, you’ll need to make a database choice for an existing or new application. Here are the things you need to keep in mind as you shop for your next database.
8 Criteria To Keep In Mind While Looking For Your Next Database

1) Pick the right language: SQL

The history of SQL, or Structured Query Language, dates back to 1970, when E.F. Codd, then of IBM Research, published a seminal paper titled, “A Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks.” Since then, SQL has remained the lingua franca of data processing, helping build the…

Dec
21
2017
Posted by GridGain Systems Blog on Thursday 21 December 2017, 08:13

The second-annual In-Memory Computing Summit Europe will take place June 25-26 in London, GridGain Sys

Dec
21
2017
Posted by IT Peer Network on Thursday 21 December 2017, 08:00

Intel Corporation explores just why it’s so important for the business and IT to connect on analytics, in the digital age.
Around the world and in every industry vertical, companies of all sizes are considering how they can make better use of their data. While this of course presents a number of hurdles, the opportunities are great, as we can see from a wide range of success stories in healthcare, manufacturing, government and transportation, the list goes on.
At Intel, we spend much of our time working with enterprise teams looking to prepare themselves to thrive in the age of data, helping them put in place all they will need to efficiently manage and rapidly harness data for competitive advantage. Many of the organizations we work with are garnering insights that deliver strong business value. However it’s not uncommon to see a discrepancy between the vision and reality. While the will to drive data-led change may be there, implementing or fully leveraging…

Dec
21
2017
Posted by IBM IT Infrastructure Blog on Thursday 21 December 2017, 04:00

Cloud and cognitive technologies may be driving the future of business, but just as important as implementing them is optimizing the infrastructure that supports them. In 2018, IT professionals can grow their skills in designing, building and delivering IT infrastructure for the cloud and cognitive era by attending IBM Systems Technical University (TechU).
To serve the demand for more skills training and knowledge on cutting-edge technologies, TechU is gearing up for a series of events offered by the technical training branch of IBM Systems Lab Services. TechU events in 2018 will delve into a wide array of topics from application development and high performance computing to cloud, pervasive encryption and optimizing storage solutions. IBM clients, business partners and IT professionals will be able to cultivate the skills needed to develop and implement…

Dec
21
2017
Posted by IBM IT Infrastructure Blog on Thursday 21 December 2017, 03:00

‘Twas the night before Go Live, when all through the site,
Technologies were in place to make it run right;
A new cloud-based app had been rolled out with care,
In hopes that customers soon would be there.
The whole DevOps crew was snug in their beds,
While visions of gigabytes danced in their heads.
I too was asleep, but dreamed I was at work,
In the main data center; I turned with a jerk—
For there on the monitor arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
The traffic was much more than we had planned,
That promotion campaign must have tripled demand.
Would our systems handle such an influx of cash?
Could we scale fast enough to avoid a big crash?
Or would we go down and face everyone’s wrath,
And I’d have to make changes to my career path?
Then, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But our IBM rep, who said, “Do not fear!”
“Your cloud app…

Dec
20
2017
Posted by IT Peer Network on Wednesday 20 December 2017, 12:43

Organizations increasingly rely on public cloud resources for their operations, and security is critical for data processing, storage, and collection. Going into 2018, Intel expects big innovation in cloud security, including protections throughout the data lifecycle at-rest, in-use, and in-flight. Intel is excited about IBM’s Cloud Data Guard project, which takes to heart the need for data protection, even while data is in-use.
Today, IBM announced the IBM Cloud Data Guard preview, powered by Fortanix Runtime Encryption Platform, and secured by Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX). IBM Cloud Data Guard creates a portable security envelope to run applications in completely protected states. Developers can now leverage enclaves secured through Intel® SGX, with runtime memory…

Dec
20
2017
Posted by All Things Distributed on Wednesday 20 December 2017, 09:00

This article titled "Daten müssen strategischer Teil des Geschäfts werden" appeared in German last week in the "IT und Datenproduktion" column of Wirtschaftwoche.

How companies can use ideas from mass production to create business with data

Strategically, IT doesn't matter. That was the provocative thesis of a much-talked-about article from 2003 in the Harvard Business Review by the US publicist Nicolas Carr. Back then, companies spent more than half of their entire investment for their IT, in a non-differentiating way. In a world in which tools are equally accessible for every company, they wouldn't offer any competitive advantage – so went the argument. The author recommended steering investments toward strategically relevant resources instead. In the years that followed,…

Dec
20
2017
Posted by GridGain Systems Blog on Wednesday 20 December 2017, 08:45

This is the second in a two-part series on the use of Fast Data in Healthcare and how in-memory technologies, such as Apache® Ignite™, can meet the requirements and challenges of the Healthcare industry. Part 1 focused on identifying some of the key challenges in Healthcare. In Part 2, we will discuss a Healthcare case study and learn how Apache Ignite and GridGain solved a customer’s problem.

Dec
20
2017
Posted by IBM IT Infrastructure Blog on Wednesday 20 December 2017, 05:00

Technical risk is one of the most common migration worries organizations face, and the potential technical risks vary depending on the type of migration.
So far, this series has covered custom code application migrations as well as migrating ISV applications (see part 1 and part 2). Now I want to discuss technical risk for database migrations, with input from my…

Dec
20
2017
Posted by IBM IT Infrastructure Blog on Wednesday 20 December 2017, 04:00

Virtually every business faces the daunting challenges of protecting of their customers’ trust and their data, complying with increasingly stringent regulatory and compliance requirements, managing challenging IT environments, and keeping costs down.
IBM Z offers the most secure platform, and with carefully-defined security policies your data can be kept very safe.  Even so, there may be risks that you have not anticipated or hidden gaps that remain in your security policy.

Encryption of data

One of the best ways to protect data is to keep it encrypted.  Only 2 percent of corporate data within data centers is encrypted, contrasted with more than 80 percent of data on mobile devices according to a recent Solitaire Paper.   With the stakes so high, why don’t more…