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Application Performance is a specialist APM consultancy and long-term AppDynamics partner. They’re a Platinum sponsor at AppD Summit Europe and I was delighted to interview partner Mick McGuinness ahead of the event. Can you tell me a little about Application Performance — history, focus, customer base? The company was founded in 2004 with the goal of helping customers monitor and accelerate the performance of their business critical applications. We partnered with AppDynamics early in 2009 just one year after Jyoti and Bhaskar started the company and we have seen them go through phenomenal growth. Between myself and our other two co-founders, Russell Luke and Martin Pinner, who started together at Precise Software, we have nearly two decades’ experience in the application performance sector. Our client base encompasses small, medium, and large size companies across ... (more)

HOMOMORPHIC ENCRYPTION FINDS A HOME IN THE CLOUD

    (Originally posted by Lori Macvittie on rishidot.com) Porticor, which earlier this year unveiled its split-key encryption technology for securing cloud data has taken the next step in its quest to assure users of the security of data in the cloud. In addition to adding VMware private cloud to its portfolio of supported environments (previously it supported only Amazon environments) it announced that it has introduced homomorphic encryption into the equation, which further secures one of the least often (and yet most important) aspects of cryptography – the security of cryptographic keys. Where split-key technology assured the security of data by only allowing the full (and secret) key to be derived algorithmically from the two halves of the keys, homomorphic encryption ensures that the actual keys are no longer stored anywhere. Joining the keys is accomplished ... (more)

The i-Technology Right Stuff

Related Links: Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung i-Technology Heroes Who's Missing from SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?" Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving the final "cut" to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical order. Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to our final twenty, not (yet) to arrange those twenty in any order of preference. All you need to do to vote is to go to the Further Details page of any nominee you'd like to see end up in the top half of the poll when we close voting on Christmas Eve, December 24, and cast your vote or votes. To access the Further Details of each nominee just click on their name. Happy voting!   In alphabetical order the nominees are:   Tim Berner... (more)

Data Platforms as a Service | @CloudExpo @Pythian #SQL #Azure #AWS #AI

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here A Tour of Data Platforms as a Service With the proliferation of both SQL and NoSQL databases, organizations can now target specific fit-for-purpose database tools for their different application needs regarding scalability, ease of use, ACID support, etc. Platform as a Service offerings make this even easier now, enabling developers to roll out their own database infrastructure in minutes with minimal management overhead. However, this same amount of flexibility also comes with the challenges of picking the right tool, on the right provider and with the proper expectations. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at 18th Cloud Expo,Christo Kutrovsky , Principal Consultant at Pythian, compared the NoSQL and SQL offerings from AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, their similarities, differences and use ca... (more)

Migrating Your Database to the Cloud? | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud

Migrating Your Database to the Cloud? Look Beyond MySQL Companies are migrating infrastructure to the cloud in order to achieve advantages and agility that they need to remain competitive. However, they may have difficulty achieving one extremely important benefit of cloud computing as they attempt to run their MySQL databases in the cloud - scalability in true utility fashion. Similar to the power utilities we are all familiar with, this entails the ability to get what you need, when you need it and pay for only what you use, even during peak demand. Why switch to the cloud if databases like MySQL limit scalability and performance? It's very simple: the advantages of shedding the headaches of managing one's own machines and reducing operating and capital expenditures are still too great to ignore. However, organizations are in many cases shortchanging themselves by... (more)

Oracle+MySQL Opponents Take to the Barricades

MySQL Journal on Ulitzer Monty Widenius, the creator of the MySQL open source database – which is apparently all that stands between Oracle and its acquisition of Sun – thinks that Oracle shouldn’t have his baby and that the European Commission – whose investigation into MySQL has put the Oracle-Sun merger in limbo – should force Oracle to spit it out to another company. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, a guy with a collector’s temperament not given to letting things that belong to him go, has said he wants to keep MySQL and has claimed to be watching Sun’s revenue plunge by $100 million a month while he waits for the EC to finish its probe, a exercise that could take well into January. MySQL isn’t supposed to be why Larry shocked everybody and offered $7.4 billion for poor down-on-its-heels Sun back on April 20. Sticking it to IBM was probably something he relished and wi... (more)

SQL Compiler (for Java)

This article describes a SQL Compiler tool (SQLC) that generates Java classes from SQL statement and table metadata. In doing so SQLC decouples Java and SQL code and enforces a clear separation of concerns between database and Java code and division of labor between data modeler and Java developer. The article also ruminates about SQLC, O/R mapping frameworks (taking Hibernate as an example) and plain JDBC applicability in different contexts. IntroductionRecently I worked on a Java application and needed to do a lot of database interaction. I didn't want to use plain JDBC for obvious reasons (that are nonetheless described below). I had already created a data model and didn't want to do double work by mirroring the data model in Java by hand. So I looked around for a carpal tunnel friendly tool, something like the erstwhile FoxPro 2.6. To my surprise I found none. No... (more)

Oracle Claims Victory Over EC; Says Sun Will Sell Clouds

Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo Cloud Computing Expo - Oracle expects the European Commission to wave its acquisition of Sun through next month MySQL and all without any annoying conditions. Oracle president Safra Catz, who’s been wrestling with the EC, said so when the company posted its fiscal second-quarter results Thursday, another reason Oracle’s going to have a Merry Christmas. Catz took a bunch of Oracle users to an EC hearing a week ago to buttress the company’s claims that the EC had put words in users’ mouths to support the theory of harm it manufactured to try to stop Oracle from getting MySQL. Oracle Named Exclusive Diamond Sponsor of Cloud Expo 2010 The meeting was backed by a write-in campaign from hundreds of users as well as a letter from the US Senate and a public statement from the Justice Department. A grateful Catz said, “I want to thank all of our... (more)

Exclusive Linux.SYS-CON.com Interview: My SQL Network

The MySQL Network is a new service operated by MySQL AB to help companies use and deploy MySQL technology in their applications. It bundles up a number of different components into a single chargeable service and includes certified copies of the MySQL binaries, online and phone-based support, full access to the MySQL KnowledgeBase, and updates and notifications of new releases. Unlike the free MySQL, where organizations are expected to deploy and use the database on their own, the MySQL Network offers assisted setup and support either directly or through a number of MySQL partners. I spoke to Zack Urlocker, vice president of marketing for MySQL AB, and Sami Akbay, senior director of marketing for GoldenGate Software, Inc., a MySQL Network partner, about the MySQL Network and how it will be supported and used by corporations. In a nutshell, what is the MySQL Network? ... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: Open Wounds – How Free May End Up Being Costly

Like many people in the industry, I'm torn over open source software. I'm not opposed to developers creating software and deciding they do it for the love of programming, and have no need for payment - if they want to give their work away, I see no reason why they shouldn't be able to do so, although I think the people who want all software to be free should first get uniform agreement from everyone in the industry to work for nothing before they get on that soapbox. Even though I run a magazine in my spare time, I make my living designing software, and I personally don't want to do it for free. I'm not opposed to people who want to develop for fun, or for the pure joy of programming. Lots of students in college do this, and many hardcore programmers who don't get enough code during the day seem to grind it out after hours as well. Eventually though, the economics ca... (more)

Amazon Backs Cloud Server Start-up Elastra

Elastra, a 40-customer SMB-directed start-up that provides a legacy-embracing configuration management service for Amazon Web Services (AWS) - your basic in-a-click virtual deployment, monitoring and accounting beginning with RDBMSes like MySQL, Postgres and EnterpriseDB - has picked up a $12 million second round from - surprise, surprise - Amazon, Bay Partners and existing investor Hummer Winblad. Maybe the investment will convince Elastra not to go cloud-agnostic/anti-cloud silo like it plans - unless it becomes a cloud standard. It uses two homegrown markup languages (no scripting here) to get to the cloud. (The stuff of standards?) Amazon also has money in Ruby-on-Rails cloud play Engine Yard, part of the $15 million the start-up raised last month. Elastra, run by former Plumtree CEO Kirill Sheynkman (pictured), took in a $2.6 first round last year to create m... (more)