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  • NuoDB recently conducted a research study that included application vendors, IT consultants and end users (including enterprises) as participants. There were some expected answers and at least one surprise in the findings.

    The responses come from surveys completed by more than 200 attendees at two leading cloud computing conferences: Cloud Expo and AWS re:Invent events, both held in November 2014.

    Respondents verified that the cloud is where they must be. 96% are active

  • The British National Air Traffic Services (NATS) control center in Swanwick went down last Friday. Details here .

    Here’s what that looks like:

    Adhering to the old style of increasing capacity during peak times, by throwing more hardware at the problem, this major air traffic control system went down when additional workstations were added to the system. This simple strategy left thousands of passengers stranded at various airports. The failure

  • Nuonians gathered last Thursday for our annual holiday party. It was the 21 st century version of the time-honored seasonal bash – none of those infamous activities in the back office for us! – complete with thoughtful conversation, a mellow Brazilian jazz quartet, delicious cuisine and drink. We all left a little heavier and a lot happier.

    However the most striking aspect of the event was its size. With NuoDB continuing to grow by leaps and bounds, our party has grown as well - more than double the

  • With all due respect to this 234 year-old tradition, we at NuoDB are starting a new holiday take on the 12 days. The original gifts are not as useful today as they were back in the day (kind of like some of the 30 year old database technologies!). So we’re taking it au courant!

  • At least 80% of the data in the world is labeled unstructured, although most definitions of that word are perhaps kindly described as unstructured thinking. Much of the excitement about Big Data, especially social media data, stems from that one number. The thought is that such a large volume of data must hold a vast trove of business value… if only it could be discovered and mined.

  • In every industry, there is an exception that proves the rule. Many builders, for example, are incredibly fastidious about the materials and disciplines they apply to making your home as energy efficient, waterproof and aesthetically pleasing as possible. And yet, when you visit their own homes, it’s like entering an exhibition of half finished projects. There’ll be semi-completed plastering jobs, exposed cables and all kinds of other open wounds they’ve never had time to dress.

    If my own experience is

  • Life and business are often full of surprises. But not this time.

    NuoDB recently commissioned a research study that included only independent software vendors (ISVs) as participants. About half the subjects were Software as a Service providers and the rest were actively migrating applications to the cloud.

    We weren’t surprised by what they said. We were, in fact, heartened by the depth and breadth of smart strategies ISVs have devised to make the best use of the cloud for their businesses.

    They verified that the cloud is where they must be. 100% are actively

  • In my last post , I emphasized the central role of business transactions as the legally binding representation and long-term record of all business activity. It was for this reason that databases—first hierarchical and then relational—were adopted as the technological foundation for business computing. In comparison to file-based systems, databases offer higher reliability, better consistency, and easier management and control of this key information asset of the business.

  • No, I’m not saying that big data is good for nothing. Nor am I referring to the privacy issues it creates, although they are very real and dangerous. What I’m saying is that the current mythology of big data is sucking the life blood out of the heart of real, meaningful business computing.

    Both the business world and the computing industry have been chasing down a marketing rabbit hole. The story goes that if only businesses knew every last detail about the lives and loves, the outer behaviors and inner

  • As veterans of high tech all know, trade shows and conferences are all lumped into two compressed time periods every year: May and early June and then again late September, October and early November. NuoDB hit the ground running for the fall season as usual. We love to get out and meet new prospects, old friends and partners; complain about the airlines; the hotels losing packages; and show off the latest version of NuoDB – Swifts Release 2.1.

    NuoDB was well represented last

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