Oracle’s biggest cloud customer highlights its biggest cloud problem

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Only seven years after Amazon Web Services (s amzn) debuted and the Software-as-a-Service business model blew up, Oracle has finally come around on cloud computing with its flagship database product. On Monday, it revealed its anticipated Oracle Database 12c edition, calling it “the first database designed for the cloud.” Personally, I think that depends how you define cloud.

Oracle 12c does offer up a slew of features, some of which — such as multitenancy and geographically distributed load balancing/failover — are very cloudy. If I were building a cloud service or looking to update an existing one, I’m sure these would appeal to me. Heck, I might even demand them.

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That being said, if I’m building a Software-as-a-Service startup that’s doing nothing now but that I hope will spread like wildfire, the $47,500 per processor list price of Oracle 12c Enterprise Edition — the only edition offering multitenancy…

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NoSQL Data Modeling Techniques

Originally posted on Highly Scalable Blog:

NoSQL databases are often compared by various non-functional criteria, such as scalability, performance, and consistency. This aspect of NoSQL is well-studied both in practice and theory because specific non-functional properties are often the main justification for NoSQL usage and fundamental results on distributed systems like the CAP theorem apply well to NoSQL systems.  At the same time, NoSQL data modeling is not so well studied and lacks the systematic theory found in relational databases. In this article I provide a short comparison of NoSQL system families from the data modeling point of view and digest several common modeling techniques.

I would like to thank Daniel Kirkdorffer who reviewed the article and cleaned up the grammar.

To  explore data modeling techniques, we have to start with a more or less systematic view of NoSQL data models that preferably reveals trends and interconnections. The following figure depicts imaginary “evolution” of the major NoSQL…

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Slack, Flickr Co-Founder Butterfield’s Business Collaboration App, Exits Beta & Goes Freemium

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Stewart Butterfield, the co-founder of Flickr who eventually left its acquirer Yahoo and started TinySpeck (and an ill-fated multiplayer game called Glitch), last year decided to take a different turn, porting his expertise in consumer services to tackle the enterprise market. The result was Slack, a collaboration platform that lets users port in conversations and links to other work from dozens of other apps (including Dropbox, Google Docs, GitHub and Asana) so that they can track progress on different projects in one common platform; more generally converse about work in a less fragmented way, and crucially reduce email overload.

Or, in Butterfield’s words, help the working world emerge from “email bankruptcy.”

Today, after a successful, limited beta run that kicked off in August 2013, Slack is launching to the rest of the world — a step, Butterfield tells me, that it’s making as it prepares to introduce pricing tiers…

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Facebook Starts Showing Fewer Text Status Updates From Pages, More From Friends | TechCrunch

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Facebook has just announced a slight tweak to the Newsfeed algorithm. The newest version of the Newsfeed will show fewer text-based status updates from Pages,..

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Top 10 cloud trends for 2014 | GigaOM Tech News

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Cloud computing made big strides in 2013. Let’s start with a quick recap. The public cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) market has seen many new entrants in the form of Google, HP, and Microsoft. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched more than 200 new features this year.


Apache Hadoop has gone mainstream with the traditional database vendors partnering with young startups to offer big data as a service. Salesforce has finally bridged and Heroku. VMware got rid of every distraction to focus on the hybrid cloud market. Pivotal has gone live with Cloud Foundry, and Red Hat OpenShift graduated to the second version.


On the Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) front, Parse was acquired by Facebook while PayPal bought StackMob. Enterprises gained confidence in cloud computing and they are planning to go beyond development and testing environments. OpenStack saw yet another release this year with increased support from the industry. Devops has become mainstream with enterprises taking it seriously. And cloud-based management services picked up momentum, offering additional opportunities for the traditional system integrators.


What’s in store for the cloud in 2014?


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