Oracle, the leader in relational databases, is playing catchup everywhere else

  photo: Getty Images SUMMARY:Oracle leads the league in relational databases but it’s far from clear that the company can replicate its success in non-relational and in-memory categories. That’s why Larry Ellison’s no-show matters. You’ve got to hand it to Larry Ellison. The Oracle CEO has his priorities and so when it came down to a ...

What to know when choosing database as a service

This report underwitten by: Clustrix In the past couple of years, we’ve seen more innovation in the SQL database management system (DBMS) category than in the 30-plus years since commercial products became available. The past decade’s web 2.0 sites have mostly driven this innovation, which looks to bridge some of the gap between NoSQL DBMS ...

The hot new technology in Big Data is decades old: SQL

The decades-old database technology is staging a comeback. A slide from a presentation at Hadoop Summit describes HortonWorks’ Stinger initiative, an effort to make SQL work better with Hadoop through Apache Hive. Jason Levitt Despite the growth of “NoSQL” databases over the past few years, SQL is going nowhere isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it seems Structured ...

Why use a database instead of just saving your data to disk?

For smaller projects, is a database worth it? Stack Exchange This Q&A is part of a weekly series of posts highlighting common questions encountered by technophiles and answered by users at Stack Exchange, a free, community-powered network of 100+ Q&A sites. Dokkat appears to think that databases are overused. “Instead of a database, I just serialize my data ...

Teradata gets into the in-memory biz to take on SAP’s HANA

  photo: Shutterstock / Hellen Sergeyeva SUMMARY:Teradata is trying to steal some thunder in the in-memory analytics space with a new technology called Intelligent Memory that places hot data in RAM while dispersing the rest across solid-state drives and disk. Data analytics veteran Teradata will not let the new era of data-analysis architectures pass it by ...

10gen introduces a backup option for MongoDB

  SUMMARY:10gen, the company behind the popular MongoDB NoSQL database, has come out with a way for users to back up their data, so developers can focus on building applications. There’s no question that MongoDB is popular among developers. 10gen, the company behind the NoSQL database, has been building out its executive team. Now 10gen is ...