High Performance Computing: Waiting for the Cloud to Catch Up

High-performance computing (HPC) was once limited to organizations that could afford to buy and maintain systems costing tens of millions of dollars. The cloud has changed all that, creating a democracy in which teraflops are accessible to people well outside…

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Step by Step Monitoring Cassandra with Prometheus and Grafana

In this blog, I’m going to give a detailed guide on how to monitor a Cassandra cluster with Prometheus and Grafana. For this, I’m using a new VM which I’m going to call “Monitor VM”. In this blog post, I’m…

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Pythian helps AEG Presents target the right prospects at the right time

AEG Presents is a company focussed on driving ticket purchases for its global entertainment parent, AEG Worldwide. But it was getting tougher to compete against rival event companies by putting relevant offers in front of customers. Why? Simply because the…

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Log Buffer #556: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

This Log Buffer Edition covers Cloud, Oracle, and MySQL. Cloud: Data for development: Empowering communities through data analytics. Taking charge of your data: using Cloud DLP to de-identify and obfuscate sensitive information. Unlock insights with ease: Data Studio and Cloud…

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Simplify Oracle Critical Patch Updates Using Simple Configurations

There are many automation tools available and what I am about to share doesn’t require any. Currently, I am patching Oracle July 2018 for AIX and October 2018 for Linux. The steps are the same and only the patch number…

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How a Social Media Platform Benefits from Upgraded Security and Performance

We recently helped a social media management platform improve its security and performance. The social media platform supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube, and has more than 15 million users. The company needed to ensure…

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Aurora Serverless MySQL and other new features from AWS

I recently joined Chris Presley for his podcast, Cloudscape, to talk about what’s happening in the world of cloud-related matters. I shared the most recent events surrounding AWS. Topics of discussion included: New T3 Instances – Burstable, Cost-Effective Performance Aurora…

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Observations and Insights from Google Cloud Next ’18

I recently joined Chris Presley for his podcast, Cloudscape, to talk about what’s happening in the world of cloud-related matters. I shared some of my observations from the recent Google Cloud Next ’18. Topics of discussion included: Google for Enterprise…

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The top seven big data analytics trends for 2019

2018 has been a momentous year for data. Not only has the overall importance of data and information within organizations continued to grow, but we’ve also seen the continued rise of megatrends like IoT, big data – even too much…

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Using Docker to Provide Self-Service Database Patching

I’ve been looking into how Vagrant and/or Docker can be used to improve the life of DBAs and maybe others, too. I did this mostly to practice using these tools – especially Docker – that are becoming more and more important…

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