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,
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)
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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)
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
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)
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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.
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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? 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)
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
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)
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
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 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
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
A grateful Catz said, “I want to thank all of our... (more)
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?
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)
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
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)