SkySQL, MariaDB-as-a-service, launches on Google Cloud

Today MariaDB Corporation officially launched SkySQL, a cloud-hosted version of the MariaDB database management system supported and managed by MariaDB’s own creators. Aside from providing convenient access to MariaDB on Google Cloud Platform starting at $0.45 per hour, SkySQL strikes back at services like Google Cloud SQL and Amazon RDS — managed database solutions that feature forks… Continue reading SkySQL, MariaDB-as-a-service, launches on Google Cloud

Get ready for the post-pandemic run on cloud

“Cloud-computing providers are emerging as among the few corporate winners in the coronavirus pandemic as office and store closures across the U.S. have pushed more activity online,” as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Those who pick stocks are betting on cloud growth due to the crisis, thus we’re seeing this first reported in business… Continue reading Get ready for the post-pandemic run on cloud

Can public clouds keep up with the pandemic surge?

As more and more businesses switch to virtual work from home “offices,” cloud computing and cloud-based systems suddenly have new credibility. Cloud computing makes it much easier to manage daily operations when a company’s workforce becomes largely distributed, and enterprises are fast realizing the value that cloud computing can bring in this dimension. That said,… Continue reading Can public clouds keep up with the pandemic surge?

New York calls for tech volunteers to fight COVID-19

New York State has put out a call for volunteers with technology expertise to create “technology SWAT teams” to boost the state’s response to COVID-19.  The official site for the COVID-19 Technology SWAT Team, as it’s called, is light on details but broad in scope. The state seeks volunteers with a wide range of tech skills: “professionals with… Continue reading New York calls for tech volunteers to fight COVID-19

COVID-19 stress tests cloud services

With the COVID-19 virus putting millions of more people into the “working from home” category, cloud service providers are being put to the test. In response, global cloud leaders are stress-testing their infrastructure and activating pandemic-specific resiliency testing procedures, research from Forrester indicates. [ Can the cloud save you money? These companies say yes ]… Continue reading COVID-19 stress tests cloud services

3 things I bet you didn’t know about multicloud security

Those of you who built a security plan and physical security technology stack for a single public cloud provider just a few years ago hopefully don’t also believe that you can replicate that to many cloud brands or multicloud. It just won’t work. The security mistakes I see today with multicloud deployment and operations are… Continue reading 3 things I bet you didn’t know about multicloud security

A hands-on look at quantum computing

Quantum computing, which was proposed in the 1980s, is just beginning to become available, albeit with small numbers of qubits, high decay rates, and significant amounts of noise. As we’ll discuss, IBM and Microsoft are beginning to offer quantum computer and quantum simulator access in their clouds. To read this article in full, please click… Continue reading A hands-on look at quantum computing

Cloud computing finally getting green cred

A new study found that the computing output of data centers jumped six fold from 2010 to 2018, but their energy consumption rose only six percent. The findings refute concerns that the rise of mammoth data centers would generate a surge in electricity demand, and thus carbon output has been greatly overstated. I think back to many… Continue reading Cloud computing finally getting green cred

What is Apache Spark? The big data platform that crushed Hadoop

Apache Spark defined Apache Spark is a data processing framework that can quickly perform processing tasks on very large data sets, and can also distribute data processing tasks across multiple computers, either on its own or in tandem with other distributed computing tools. These two qualities are key to the worlds of big data and… Continue reading What is Apache Spark? The big data platform that crushed Hadoop