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Does ClustrixDB use MySQL Replication Between its Nodes?

Here’s a common question we get asked at tradeshows, on customer calls, by analysts, and by our fellow devs and DBAs in the industry. Since this has come up a lot, let’s answer it in detail! TL;DR: ClustrixDB does not use MySQL Replication between nodes ClustrixDB is a true shared-nothing […]

Challenges with Google’s Cloud Spanner

At this point everyone has heard of Google’s Cloud Spanner. It’s Google’s first database offering that can scale-out write transactions linearly, as well as provide cross-node transactions with ACID guarantees, claiming to solve significant problems that Amazon’s Aurora cannot. But as discussed before, Spanner is able to accomplish that scale […]

Tech Talk Series: Part 2 Wrap Up

This week I presented a Tech Talk on sharding, its complications and complexity. There are many pros and (even more) cons to sharding, which can be summarized with these two questions: Why do some DBAs think sharding is the only end game? Sharding is the only well known way to […]

Farewell to Another Great Percona Live!

And before we proceed with our wrap-up, let’s pause for a second to reflect on just how awesome it is to attend a conference like Percona Live. Where even the most casual conversation you overhear is talking about things like optimal page sizes (4k etc) & cache eviction strategies. I. Love. […]

Top Session Picks for Percona Live

The Percona Live 2017 conference starts next week, running from April 25 to April 27 in Santa Clara. As a vendor in the broad MySQL ecosystem, Percona does a great job bringing together lots of users and vendors that continue to push the envelope of the MySQL project. This will […]

Optimizing Interrupt Handling on an AWS Cluster

I recently took a hard look at how to configure interrupt handling on a cluster for optimal performance for our shared-nothing RDBMS, ClustrixDB. First, a little background on our interrupt handling. One of the performance characteristics of our ClustrixDB engine is a relatively high interrupt rate on our processors due […]

Why is ACID Cool Again?

Before you get any ideas, we’re talking about good old-fashioned database ACID compliance. ACID is not a new concept to developers. Certainly every DBA knows it, but collectively, the software industry lost its addiction to ACID some time ago. This is because the industry found a new thing to crave: […]

Google Spanner vs Amazon Aurora: Who’ll Get the Enterprise?

In July 2015, Amazon delivered Aurora, the AWS-only Enterprise RDBMS they’d been claiming since November 2014 would have “5x Enterprise performance at 1/5 the price.” Amazon was making a big play in the MySQL market—they’d recognized that there is a lot of demand for scaling MySQL workloads, and that Enterprises […]

Google Spanner: The Good and the Better

Google just announced their Beta ‘Cloud Spanner,’ a “horizontally scalable, globally consistent, relational database service.” This impressive hosted technology addresses a long-standing market request: “How can we make our SQL databases scale both writes and reads past a single server?” This is the very important difference between “scale up” and […]

Sharding Adds Significant Application Costs

Percona recently published a blog discussing MySQL sharding models for SaaS applications. The blog did a great job highlighting the effort it takes to shard MySQL (e.g. gain write-scale for MySQL SaaS deployments), and discussed understanding both customer data requirements, as well as revenue expectations when designing sharding topologies. But […]

The Gift That DOESN’T Keep on Giving: Excess Holiday Server Capacity

We see it every year–the merry-making of the holidays is followed by the obligatory New Year’s Day trip to the gym. But while the rest of us are working off our turkey and apple pie indulgences, e-commerce companies are trying to figure out what to do with the excess capacity […]

451 Research’s Jason Stamper Says ClustrixDB Ticks All the Boxes

  When it comes to enterprise data, few voices are as respected as Jason Stamper of 451 Research, who has been commenting on the space for more than 2 decades, and whose work essentially identified “NewSQL” as a category. So it’s no light thing that ClustrixDB was recently featured in […]

Cyber Monday Offers Reality Check on Limits of Old-School Databases

In the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day, we see a man trapped in the nightmare of the same scenario repeating endless times. At first he fights against it, then he decides to go along with it, and finally despair kicks in. Only until he approaches the problem in an entirely […]

You’ve Outgrown Your MySQL Database, Now What?

MySQL has always been a great database option for companies in their infancy. It’s cheap and contains the basic functionality most organizations need. It is the simplest way to provide access to multiple databases for multiple users looking to sift through basic company structured data. Of course, as companies hit […]

Will China’s Singles Day Learn from Amazon Prime Day’s Mistakes? It May Depend on the Database under Alibaba’s Hood

  Last year, Alibaba turned what Business Insider’s Jeremy Burke called an “obscure, made-up Chinese holiday” into a shopping event that surpassed even Black Friday. On China’s Nov. 11 “Singles’ Day”, the company raked in $14.3B! Expectations are high for 2016, and Alibaba and other retailers are no doubt gearing […]

Information Superhighway or Super Traffic Jam? Introducing ClustrixDB 8.0

When the automobile was first invented, traffic jams were unheard of. But, as more automobiles populated the roads, outdated road infrastructures couldn’t handle increased congestion and traffic slowed. The same thing has happened with the internet. As people increasingly got online, issues of internet speeds and bandwidth abounded. Today however, […]

A Brawl is Brewing! How To Stay Neutral as Tech Giants Prepare to Take on AWS for Top Cloud Provider Spot

Race to the Cloud When it comes to what may be the most important business resource of the 21st century–cloud services–there can be no doubt that AWS is clearly dominating the market. Everyone else is years behind in functionality, ease-of-use and price, and for many if not most workloads, AWS […]

Employee Spotlight: Director of Sales Engineering John Sheaffer

  Back in 2009, John Sheaffer made a decision. He left his job at database industry giant Oracle and embarked on a journey into the big data startup arena. As Sheaffer explained when we sat down to interview him, there were no bad feelings toward Oracle; Sheaffer learned a great […]

#OlderDBFail: If Amazon and Pokemon Aren’t Immune, No One Is

You don’t always have to choose between the scalability of NoSQL and the accuracy of MySQL High-value, high-transaction challenges aren’t just the domain of smaller players–some of the most resource-rich, technically advanced companies in the world have had problems, as evidenced recently by Amazon Prime Day, which was plagued with […]

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About High-Value/High-Transaction OLTP Workloads, but Were Afraid to Ask

  … Amazon Prime Day and Pokemon Go teams should have asked us The term “high-value, high-transaction workload” is admittedly not universal, yet it describes a very important class of DBMS transactions that sit somewhere between “Big Data” and critical data. Simply put, they entail large numbers of concurrent transactions […]

Pokemon Go becomes “Pokemon Stop”

It had all the makings of a successful product launch: a highly-recognizable brand, a built-in global fanbase of millions, and a great team of game developers with roots in a Silicon Valley icon: Google. But the launch of Pokemon Go, the highly anticipated augmented-reality mobile game, was immediately followed by […]

Making Amazon Prime “Black Tuesday,” Not a Black Eye

  The second annual Amazon Prime Day is around the corner, and even the bigger critics of last year’s inaugural shopping holiday are expressing optimism for a better effort this time around. To recap, the 2015 Amazon Prime Day extravaganza generated plenty of sales but also many complaints around the […]

Employee Spotlight: Director of Support Nick Lamb

Director of Support Nick Lamb, now in his eighth year with Clustrix, is the longest tenured employee at the company. He has been through every office move, and has worked closely with the original founders of the company. Lamb has been working with computers since childhood, which gives you a […]

Employee Spotlight: Director of Product Management Dave Anselmi

At Clustrix, the process of bringing new features to market for our scale-out relational database is always an interesting challenge. As we scope each Release, Sales/Marketing brings Customer expectations and requirements to the table, Engineering brings technical feasibilities, and Product Management brings understanding of the competitive landscape. The challenge is […]

Oracle’s Cloud: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

  As Oracle snatches up cloud companies to offer a branded cloud solution, observers ask whether or not this approach will fly? Companies that have thrived in the cloud recognize that it’s more than a way to deliver applications. It’s an approach that means freedom to try out new things, […]

Employee Spotlight: Clustrix Senior Technical Support Engineer Rupert Harwood

We’ll admit it: One of our favorite employee success stories here at Clustrix almost never took place. Meet Senior Technical Support Engineer Rupert Harwood who, about four years ago, came to Clustrix and experienced—as he described—one of the worst interviews he ever had. “I absolutely bombed it, and didn’t get […]

Is Open Source Right for You? Maybe, but Cost Should be the Last Consideration

Without a doubt, open source is making the software business better. But, if you’re considering going the open source route for software that’s critical to your company, keep in mind that “open” doesn’t mean “free.” It’s understandable that cost would be a major factor in the decision to go open […]

Employee Spotlight: Director of Engineering Matt White

For professionals in the technology industry, there inevitably comes a point when you wake up one morning and realize that you need to switch gears—that the work you are doing is no longer fulfilling. For Clustrix Director of Engineering Matt White, this moment came after years in the network appliances […]

Employee Spotlight: Clustrix Performance Architect Peter Friedenbach

  Our employee spotlight series is designed to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the people that make Clustrix tick. We’ve been showing you who they are, what they value and why they choose to work here. Over the course of the interviews, our employees touched on a variety of things […]

Shining a Light on Amazon Aurora’s Hidden IO Costs

Aurora’s Hidden IO Costs Just when you think the cloud has finally ushered us into a world of transparency and convenience—pay only for what you use, know exactly what you’re paying for—it turns out that you still might find yourself paying for more than you bargained for with some leading […]

Employee Spotlight: VP of Engineering Robert Mihalyi

If you’re a top recruit in the software industry, chances are likely that you run from two things like they are the plague: bureaucracy, and hand-holding. You want the freedom to see your ideas come to fruition. And you also want boatloads of trust, and support from management—not oversight and […]

Employee Spotlight: Customer Operations Engineer Henry Hwang

There is a scene in the Pixar classic “Ratatouille” when the chef explains to the new garbage boy that the kitchen staff is made of much more than cooks—they are artists, at heart, and pirates. “More than cooks are we,” she explains, rather people with diverse and interesting backgrounds who […]

Scale-Out SQL: Readying Your Online Gaming App for the Big Launch

Game On or Game Over? Gaming applications–particularly multi-player games–are usually built for the cloud, meaning that they can scale out according to demand. Unfortunately, this hasn’t necessarily been the case with the databases that power these applications. The SQL databases that online games have to run on (NoSQL just isn’t […]

Think Los Angeles Traffic is bad now? IoT could make it worse

IoT With the Internet of Things now a reality in auto and other industries, companies are finding themselves remarkably changed–and challenged–by the availability and analysis of data from a multitude of sensors. Companies like Tesla are taking the lead with “over-the-air” remote maintenance, driverless technology and the connected infrastructures. These […]

High-Value, Heavy Workloads: Where the Worlds of Big Data and Accurate Data Collide

  In the world of Big Data, people understandably tend to get caught up in the “Big” part of it. NoSQL and Hadoop offerings, which often take center stage in Big Data dialogues, are good at handling massive scale, as long as you’re OK with a little bit of ‘eventual […]

Got High-Value, High-Transaction Workloads on AWS? Read This Report by ESG.

We recently put ClustrixDB performance to the test by performing a benchmark against two other SQL databases. ClustrixDB beat the two SQL databases owned and operated by the industry-leading cloud vendors in transactions per second, latency and scalability. After seeing these results, we elected to have Enterprise Service Group (ESG) […]

Who Needs Clustrix?

Who needs Clustrix? More organizations than you might imagine. Your high-volume, high-value transaction-based business may struggle without ClustrixDB. Does your company see large fluctuations in website traffic—periodic spikes in which thousands of visitors concurrently transact with your organization? Does your business depend on processing these transactions instantly and accurately, or […]

Keep Your Customers–and Your Website–out of the Doghouse on Valentine’s Day!

  This Valentine’s Day singles don’t need to sulk–they can still take advantage of the crazy flash sales! The trouble comes for those who do have a Valentine, and wait ’til the last minute to order a thoughtful gift, only to to be met with “THE ITEM YOU ADDED TO […]

Tomorrow’s Meetup: Scale-out SQL Databases for AWS and more!

AWS If you work with high transactional workloads, and you need a relational database to keep track of economically valuable items like revenue, inventory and monetary transactions, we invite you to come and participate in a discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of Aurora and other MySQL solutions for AWS. […]

Today’s Cover Story: How to Boost Your E-commerce Performance

iMedia Cover Story Mike Azevedo, CEO of Clustrix, offers advice to e-commerce merchants and providers alike in today’s cover story on iMedia Connection, “How to boost your e-commerce performance.” A short list of questions and answers provide readers precise insight into the simple steps they can take, or should at […]

Live Webinar: Database Architecture and Scaling Strategies, in the Cloud and on the Rack

Robbie Mihayli, VP of Engineering at Clustrix will explore how to set up a SQL RDBMS architecture that scales out and is both elastic and consistent, while simultaneously delivering fault tolerance and ACID compliance. He will also cover how data gets distributed in this architecture, how the query processor works, […]

Spinning Disks vs. SSD for Enterprise Database Use

Solid State Disks are the right storage for ClustrixDB. What’s not to love about low latency and high throughput? You have lots of choices for data storage these days. The most familiar storage device is the spinning or hard disk drive (HDD): spinning disks are very affordable and can store […]

Is Your Merchant’s Infrastructure Feeling Bloated After the Holidays?

  Are you feeling fat and bloated after the holidays? E-commerce merchants must be ready for the holiday peak in demand. So, adding database capacity is a must. Now that the New Year is here, don’t you wish you could get back to your regular (database) size painlessly? If you’re […]

What Does the Future Hold for Databases?

It is not an exaggeration to say that the online retail industry is at perhaps its most critical juncture since it first began gathering steam near the beginning of the 21st century. For years, scale-up relational databases were sufficient in the market, as online merchants dealt primarily with structured data-like […]

Clustrix Named ‘HOT in 2015’ Winner in San Francisco, CA

Clustrix is pleased to announce it was named an Owler “HOT in 2015” winner in San Francisco. Owler, the world’s leading online source for free competitive intelligence with over 15 million company profiles in its database, awards the hottest companies in each city using data and analytics it collects from […]

Three Things Your E-Commerce Site Needs in a Database

If you own or run the website for a fast-growing e-commerce business, you may well be at a crossroads. Your database is supported by a single server, but your business is growing so quickly that you are getting dangerously close to a crash. Traffic spikes during peak seasons or flash […]

Evaluating Structured vs. Non-Structured Databases

For many years, information stored in databases was largely structured, residing in fixed fields. This kind of structured data often included customer names and dates, search algorithms, and numeric financial records, i.e., material that is simple to store and query because it fits tightly into rows and columns. Structured data […]

Mobile Pay Rapidly Becoming a ‘Must Have’ for Businesses

Gone will be the days of fumbling through dollar bills and loose change. No more waiting in line as the customer in front of you takes more time than necessary removing his or her credit card, swiping it, and typing in the pin. Mobile payment is here, and it’s in […]

China Makes Major Change to E-Commerce Foreign Policy

For years, despite its massive population and rapidly expanding economy, China was a limited market for e-commerce merchants because its government would not allow full foreign ownership of these businesses. Recently, however, China loosened these regulations, announcing that it would allow some foreign merchants to own 100 percent of e-commerce […]

What Does it Mean to Build for Today’s E-Commerce?

All industries are constantly evolving, but some experience change faster than others. E-commerce, to be certain, falls into the fast and furious category. The primary driving force behind change in the industry is rapid growth in the number of people conducting transactions online. In the U.S. alone, for example, the […]

Top-Notch Website Performance is a MUST

If there is one certainty that contemporary e-commerce businesses can rely upon it’s that customers love shopping online. In fact, US online sales are forecasted to be $334 billion in 2015 with 69% of US adults participating (Forrester, Inc). But no matter how big the market opportunity becomes, online retailers […]

How the Quest for Scale Led Viverae to Clustrix, and Then Some

Scalability. One of the trendiest words in the tech world today but also one of the biggest issues any growing business faces. Whatever your application, if you are running your business on MySQL, you will inevitably hit a wall and develop performance issues. Take our customer Viverae® for example. Viverae, […]

Three Common Replatforming Pitfalls

As we’ve covered previously on this blog, one of the most common reasons performance falters for e-commerce businesses is a rapid or massive increase in the number of visitors on the site. When site performance begins to lag and customer experience is impacted, many of these organizations decide to migrate […]

ClustrixDB for Ad Tech: 60,000 Transactions per Second

Just how does one illustrate the power of a database to process 60,000 transactions every second? In advance of our presentation at eXelate’s Vendor Showcase in New York, at which we’ll show off ClustrixDB’s role in powering eXelate’s digital marketing data technology services, we’ve been struggling to come up with […]

Profiting Through Performance: E-commerce Success Stories

As access to information, entertainment, and communications edges closer to instantaneous, consumer expectations and demands for fast and seamless customer experiences grow as well. This is especially true for e-commerce businesses that cater to online customers who put a premium on convenience. Many of the databases that support today’s e-commerce […]

Clustrix Proudly Welcomes Charles Carmel to Its Board of Directors

Each member of Clustrix’s board of directors brings a unique background and ability to drive Clustrix forward in today’s business and technology landscapes. For successful technology investor, executive and adviser Charles Carmel, becoming part of Clustrix’s board was a natural fit. As a tech executive boasting nearly 20 years of […]

Clustrix Proudly Welcomes Shawn Douglass to Its Board of Directors

As an organization committed to continually broadening the vision and perspective of its leadership, Clustrix seeks diverse board members who can help put its technology in context and seek out the places in the market where it can be effectively applied. This month, Clustrix welcomes tech executive, investor and trusted […]

Live Interview of Mike Azevedo, Clustrix CEO by Robert Scoble

Tech evangelist Robert Scoble used the new Facebook Live to interview Clustrix CEO Mike Azevedo yesterday. One of only a handful early users of this new live format, Robert simultaneously interviewed Mike and entertained questions from the online Facebook audience. It made for a dynamic and energetic experience all around. […]

ClustrixDB 7.0: An Early Holiday Gift for E-Commerce

While the holiday shopping season is months away for most people, in e-commerce the hustle and bustle is right around the corner. In the spirit of giving, We’re excited to let you know about ClustrixDB 7.0, the newest version of the first scale-out relational database designed to meet high-volume online transaction […]

How to Choose Between AWS RDS Aurora and ClustrixDB on AWS

Ever since it was unveiled in November of last year, AWS Aurora—Amazon’s relational database offering available through Amazon RDS—has been touted by the giant online retailer as a revolutionary database solution that offered five times the performance of standard MySQL at “one tenth the cost of a commercial database.” Indeed, […]

ClustrixDB in AWS – Scaling Writes and Reads

ClustrixDB is a shared-nothing clustered scale-out MySQL-compatible relational database that massively scales both writes and reads. Designed for the cloud, ClustrixDB offers built-in high availability and is largely self-managing. With ClustrixDB you simply add database servers (“Flex Up”) to grow capacity and throughput to handle seasonal workloads, and then you […]

Escaping the Rip and Replace Replatforming Cycle

E-commerce businesses are in the midst of a tremendous growth period, one that is unlikely to slow down over the next several years. Online shopping—specifically mobile, or m-commerce—continues to grow increasingly popular, with a recent Forrester report projecting a nearly 10 percent CAGR in the space through 2018. Although this […]

Is This the Year of Replatforming? It Doesn’t Have to Be

We have heard the predictions. We know that some industry players and analyst firms alike have predicted that the second six months of 2015 will be “The Year of Replatforming.” On the surface it makes sense; fast-growing e-commerce companies struggling with lackluster MySQL performance as they attempt to roll out […]

Oracle and the NoSQL Effect – The Need for the Scale-Out SQL RDBMS

Datastax, a Cassandra (NoSQL) provider, wrote an analysis of why Oracle is struggling, having missed their Q4 2015 numbers and with revenue flat versus 2014. Datastax indicated this is due to more and more enterprise workloads being deployed on NoSQL, leveraging both unstructured data, as well as scale-out, flexibility, and […]

Primary Drivers for Database Replatforming

Many of today’s e-commerce businesses face a classic double-edged sword scenario. On one hand, they play in a market that is exploding, affording them ample opportunity to grow their companies rapidly. In the U.S., for instance, the online retail market is projected to grow from $294 billion in 2015 to […]

Flex Up or Down—Pay Only for the Capacity You Need

Imagine the following scenario. You’re in your car on a long drive and you start to feel thirsty—even a bit dehydrated. So, you pull off the highway and into a convenience store to buy a 12-oz. bottle of water. But as you peruse the store’s shelves, you realize that it […]

The Importance of “Fit and Finish” on Your E-Commerce Site

In the automotive manufacturing industry, “fit and finish” describes the way the various parts of a vehicle fit together to form the final product. A car with “fit and finish” has no visible gaps where parts were merged and no variation in paint color—it is, essentially, seamless. The concept is […]

What Has Us Excited About IRCE 2015

As an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of large and fast-growing e-commerce businesses, few events on the calendar excite us as much as the annual Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE). The conference brings more than 90 percent of the e-commerce solutions market to one place, and offers a […]

Why Moving Away From a Legacy Architecture is Easier Than You Think

Many rapidly growing e-commerce sites eventually find themselves at a common crossroads: increased traffic to their sites causes performance problems in legacy scale-up MySQL databases—like slower page load times or inventory updates—and puts their business in peril. While these businesses understand that problems with MySQL performance can have a negative […]

Mother’s Day Is Days Away… Is Your Site Ready?

Mother’s Day can be tricky for consumers. Many of us want to make sure we give our mothers a gift that shows our appreciation for all they do, but finding time to visit numerous brick-and-mortar stores to find the perfect present is difficult. For many shoppers, e-commerce is a welcome […]

B2B E-Commerce Market to Reach $6.7 Trillion by 2020

B2B companies are constantly looking for even the slightest edge on competitors, anything they can use to effectively differentiate themselves from their competition. But while many are attempting to develop bleeding-edge technologies or cut prices, many organizations may be missing an enormous opportunity right under their noses: a top-of-the-line e-commerce experience. […]

China E-Commerce Market to Hit $1 trillion by 2019

Typically when analysts and media outlets discuss large revenue growth and market expansion in a given vertical or country, they talk in terms of millions or billions of dollars. But soon enough, talk of e-commerce in China will be discussed in terms of trillions, as a new report from Forrester […]

Stop Praying for Performance and Ensure it Instead

If your e-commerce site has experienced rapid growth over the past several months, you likely owe your success to a few critical factors: You sell a product or service that is in high demand Your product or service stands out from others in your industry Your website is easy to […]

2014 Holiday Shopping Season Trends Survey Report

For retailers, the holiday shopping season is often the most profitable time of the year. This is especially the case for online retailers. In fact, in 2014, e-commerce revenue for the period between Black Friday and Cyber Monday was up 15.4 percent over 2013. More and more, we’re seeing the […]

Optimizing Your E-Commerce Site Is About Looking Beyond Today

If you are an e-commerce business growing your earnings quarter after quarter, all probably seems right with the world. You’ve hit upon a formula for success that combines products that consumers need with prices they can afford. As you look toward the future there is hardly a ripple in the […]

M-Commerce Projections Continue to Rise as New Use Cases Emerge

The rise of e-commerce changed the way global consumers purchased retail, making it possible for them to shop from their homes and offices and for retailers to drive profitability online. Now, the global m-commerce market is experiencing a similar boom. In fact, recent research from TechNavio indicates that the m-commerce […]

Everything You Need to Know About Scaling MySQL Part 8: Wrapping Up

We have come to the end of the line for our “Everything You Need to Know About Scaling MySQL” series and we hope you have come away with some valuable insight into how to optimize your e-commerce website. For those who may have missed an installment or two—or simply need […]

Everything You Need to Know About Scaling MySQL – Part 7: Customer Issues With MySQL

During the previous entries in this series, we discussed the various struggles that scaling a legacy MySQL database can cause and the options e-commerce sites have in combating those issues. While any growing Web business can experience difficulties with scaling MySQL, some types of e-commerce sites are especially vulnerable to […]

More Customers on Your Site: Cause for Celebration or Disaster?

At a basic level, the goal of every e-commerce site is to attract more traffic. Regardless of your conversion rate, the more visits your site receives, the more sales it will generate—that is simple mathematics. Of course, that statement is only true given the assumption that your website can handle […]

Everything You Need to Know About Scaling MySQL – Part 6: Aurora

In November of last year, Amazon announced a new MySQL-compatible scale up relational database engine called Aurora. The online retailer billed the new product as highly scalable, boasting its capability to automatically grow storage from 10GB to 64TB based on need. Scalability is a vital feature in a database—especially for […]

Is Replatforming Really the Best Option for Your eCommerce Site?

The technology that powers eCommerce platforms is changing at a frighteningly fast pace. Competitive influencers such as omni-channel service, globalization, flash sales, social media and customer analytics are raising the stakes for merchants and demanding more seamless, responsive and intuitive platform performance. It’s no surprise, then, that merchants may panic […]

An E-Commerce Website Built on Future-Proofed Technology Will Reduce TCO

Those who have tried to reduce their website-related expenses as much as possible upfront have probably found out the hard way that they end up paying a whole lot more down the line. As a result, the concept of reasonable total cost of ownership (TCO) for the website has long […]

Everything You Need to Know About Scaling MySQL – Part 5: Supporting MySQL

For many small companies that aren’t expecting to grow much in the coming years, the power in an MySQL databases will suffice to handle their business needs. But for companies that intend on growing—particularly e-commerce businesses—it’s only a matter of time before your MySQL database hits a wall and your […]

The Rise of M-Commerce and the Need for a Powerful Database

Mobile adoption rates continue to increase. As network speeds accelerate and mobile devices become even more powerful, both B2C and B2B customers are becoming more likely than ever before to buy things while on the go. For years, the e-commerce market—which includes purchases made from a computer or any mobile […]

Everything You Need to Know About Scaling MySQL – Part 4: Facebook and Google’s Difficulties with MySQL

As we discussed last time, the vast majority of databases are SQL-based, and many of those are running MySQL. Which works fine, until you need to scale-up your database, and then MySQL hits some difficulties. Two of the country’s biggest tech juggernauts—Google and Facebook—have already woken up to the fact […]

Don’t Rest: The Major Holidays Are Over, but Valentine’s Day Is Right Around the Corner

Happy New Year! Now that the holidays have passed, many e-commerce business owners are likely breathing a huge sigh of relief. Phew! The December rush is over, and customer demands were satisfied effectively. Perhaps you think that now is as good a time as any to take a well-deserved break. […]

Everything You Need to Know About Scaling MySQL – Part 3: Your Options

It’s safe to say that 20 years ago, when MySQL was developed, programmers working on the project likely were unable to predict the extremely pervasive nature of today’s Internet. As such, the open source relational database management system was built with severe limitations—though, at that time, those limitations were merely […]

Everything You Need to Know About Scaling MySQL – Part 2: Difficulties

Nearly 80 percent of today’s databases are SQL-based. If you have an e-commerce website and haven’t done anything to the database that powers it in recent memory, you’re most likely running MySQL, a database which traces its roots back to 1995. After all, the term “NewSQL” didn’t become a part […]

2014 Holiday Shopping Season Trends Survey

For retailers, the holiday shopping season is often the most profitable time of the year. In fact, last year, Thanksgiving and Black Friday combined brought in a reported $12.3 billion in sales, according to shopping analytics firm ShopperTrak. More and more, however, we’re seeing the holiday shopping season moving beyond […]

Everything You Need to Know About Scaling MySQL – Part 1: An Overview

  Those who’ve followed our blog closely or stopped by before have almost certainly noticed that we’ve discussed MySQL’s approach to performance quite a few times already. While the popular open source database does have its merits, as technology evolves and customers grow to expect even more of e-commerce websites, […]

E-Commerce Trends You Can’t Ignore in 2015

  It’s hard to believe we’re about to turn the page on yet another year but, nonetheless, here we are. We figure there’s no better time to reflect on the developments in e-commerce that took place during the last 12 months while also looking forward to see what’s in store […]

Nomorerack Achieves Another Record-Breaking Cyber Monday with ClustrixDB

  Nomorerack, a top-100 e-commerce retailer running ClustrixDB, successfully flexed up for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. Again. And achieved record-breaking sales! Again. More details: Last year nomorerack increased their marketing impressions 20-fold, and expected a huge increase in sales. Clustrix helped them scale their e-commerce database with eight (8) […]

E-Commerce Retailers: Here’s How You Tell You’re Not in the Big Leagues

In 1994, website owners were able to get by with low-quality, wonky sites because their audience wasn’t really too concerned with user experience. The fact that a website was loading at all—albeit pixel by pixel—was impressive enough. Website users have certainly grown to expect a heck of a lot more […]

The Perils of Replatforming: You Might Lose Your Data

  Any successful e-commerce retailer that has built its website on a MySQL database will tell you the same thing: It doesn’t matter how good business appears to be; it’s only a matter of time before traffic spikes give your database more than it can handle. And when that happens, […]

The Rise of the Customer-Centric E-Commerce Experience

Thanks to the rise of the Internet and mobile devices, consumer demand for instant gratification has become a cultural norm. Many brands have stretched to meet this exacting standard, setting the bar high for competitors that want to create robust customer experiences. Businesses are learning that each and every customer […]

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Recap

  Whew, we made it! Cyber Monday 2014 is retreating in the rear-view mirror, and just before we set our sights firmly on 2015, let’s take a moment to recap… How did E-Commerce sites do this Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend? Historically representing a huge spike in sales, the Black Friday/Cyber-Monday […]

Did You Know That 35 Percent of Web Sales Are Made During the Fourth Quarter?

  Today is Cyber Monday and consumers around the world are taking to their laptops, mobile phones and tablets to shop for the best deals online. Last year, e-commerce retailers hauled in an impressive $2.29 billion from the digital world’s answer to Black Friday. Industry pundits are envisioning even bigger […]

What Kohl’s Can Teach You About Preparing for Cyber Monday

  In 2013, Kohl’s pulled in an impressive $742.4 million in e-commerce sales during the fourth quarter. That number accounted for 42 percent of the $1.76 billion the clothing retailer brought in over the entire year from digital sales. Between 4Q12 and 4Q13, Kohl’s enjoyed a 16 percent increase in […]

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Creep: Retailers Plan Earliest Thanksgiving Openings Ever

  Before the mega-retailer made headlines late last year for its data breach, Target was in the news for how it handled Cyber Monday. Falling on the Monday after Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday is a day when countless brands offer their customers aggressive sales on their websites. Essentially, it’s the digital […]

(Trying to) Get Under the Hood of AWS’s New Aurora

  Last week, Amazon announced Aurora with many interesting features promised. Let’s drill into the details a bit, and explore the ramifications. Architecture: Aurora’s overall design leverages a single write master, read-slave fanout architecture. Okay, sounds like MySQL—reads are scalable. Amazon has also written a lot about Aurora’s storage features, […]

With ClustrixDB, nomorerack Seamlessly Absorbs a 600 Percent Traffic Spike

As one of the country’s fastest-growing e-commerce retailers—the company’s revenue increased 1,023 percent year-to-year—nomorerack knows a thing or two about digital traffic spikes. In fact, during the holidays, the company’s website received as much as 20 times the amount of traffic at any given point in time compared to a […]

Is Your Brand Ready for Cyber Monday?

Last year, e-commerce retailers hauled in an impressive $2.29 billion on Cyber Monday, a 15.7 percent bump up from the prior year. In 2014, as even more customers employ their tablets and smartphones to search out the best deals, those numbers will increase. In fact, mobile devices accounted for $419 […]

Another Scale-up Relational Database . . . Really?

  Amazon today announced Aurora, a MySQL compatible RDBMS with 5x the performance of MySQL. Just what we need, another scale-up SQL database. High availability comes via fail-over of replicated instances with at least 2 copies of the original data. In this architecture they claim to easily and seamlessly scale […]

Say What? RDBMSs are Not Legacy Technology

  In America, we pride ourselves on our freedom of speech. So, people certainly can say whatever they like. But recently, a whopper of a tale came to us through the grapevine: Someone’s been saying that relational database management systems (RDBMSs) are “legacy technology”. We wholeheartedly disagree, so we’re taking […]

ClustrixDB: A Database That Remains Available Even When Two or More Servers Fail

  To ensure that your e-commerce business is successful, you’ve got to make sure that your database is available as much as possible. After all, when your website isn’t working properly, you can’t make a sale. From time to time, databases can fail, whether on a single server, multiple servers […]

Three Shortcomings of MySQL

  For your online business to be successful, you’ve got to build your e-commerce platform on infrastructure that can accommodate the increasing demands of today’s digital world. As more customers take to the Internet and their mobile devices to make purchases, e-commerce retailers can expect increasing traffic to their sites […]

Survey Says: Your E-Commerce Platform Needs to Be Ready for Everything

It wasn’t so long ago that we bought all our goods and services from brick-and-mortar stores. Now, it’s likely only a matter of time before we do all of our shopping digitally. In addition to being able to shop on a laptop, the proliferation of smartphones and other mobile devices […]

Want Your E-Commerce Business to Be Successful? Start Here

Thanks to the rise of mobile devices and the evolution of computing technology, the U.S. e-commerce market is poised to undergo explosive growth over the next few years. Currently, the market is expected to haul in $300 billion this year. By 2018, that number is project to grow to $491 […]

ClustrixDB: Bringing the Query to the Data—Not the Other Way Around

Some arguments can’t be settled on a fact. Case in point: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? In the world of databases, a similar conundrum pops up when it comes to query resolution: Should the query be moved to the data or should the data be moved to […]

Availability in Your Database is Critical—Here’s One Way ClustrixDB Has You Covered

Your e-commerce business depends on the integrity of your database. Should that database fail, the results could be catastrophic. You could expect to experience lost revenues, disgruntled customers and negative press. As such, securing a database that is highly available is paramount to success. When it comes to your database, […]

Three Features You Need in Your Database

Whether you’ve made the decision to launch an e-commerce platform in the future or you’re figuring out if your current configuration needs a facelift, choosing the database that will power your site is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. After all, the database is sort of the brain […]

If Your Database Is Already in Place, Pain Might Be in Your Future

Two years ago, you launched an e-commerce platform. Since then, your business has grown steadily, and your digital storefront has operated smoothly during that time. While that’s great news, are you prepared for what’s to come if your e-commerce business continues growing? It is more than likely that you already […]

You Might Not Need Scalability Right Away, But Be Prepared for Future Success With ClustrixDB

Are you planning to launch an e-commerce platform soon? If you answered that question affirmatively, it’s probably in your best interest to future-proof your computing infrastructure and start building-in the ability to grow your e-commerce site. In other words, save yourself from fidgeting with your infrastructure 10 months after installation […]

Report: Vast Majority of Cloud Databases Use SQL

If a business uses a cloud database—whether delivered as a service or managed traditionally through a public or private cloud—chances are it is going to be an SQL one. According to a recent survey of 500 developers, 79 percent were using a SQL database—either MySQL or NewSQL—while only 16 percent […]

Why Sharding is the Wrong Way to Scale Your Database

In order for your e-commerce platform to live up to its fullest potential, you need a scalable database. It’s as simple as that. As technology has advanced and e-commerce retailers have more information at their disposal than ever before, traditional MySQL databases have reached their limits. They lack both the […]

A Slow Summer? It Might Be Time to Look at Your E-Commerce Platform

For many organizations, Summer is the perfect time to reassess your business needs. While customers are on vacation and website traffic is generally slower,  e-commerce retailers should take the opportunity to ensure they’re ready for the Winter Rush. And most importantly, it’s really true that e-commerce platforms left unattended can […]

Upgrade Your MySQL Database Before it Hits Capacity

Chances are that the database you are using will only scale to a certain point. While it might have been able to scale easily from zero to 200,000 users, for example, your database may choke when scaling from 200,000 to 300,000 users because many existing solutions cannot scale incrementally with […]

Rafter Absorbs an Influx of E-Commerce Traffic With ClustrixDB

School is nearly back in session, and that means students will scour the Internet in droves to get the textbooks they need for their studies. It’s no secret that the cost of higher education can be significant. Rafter, Inc., a leading e-commerce retailer, understands that perfectly and as a result, […]

Back to School: Is Your Database Ready?

It’s amazing how it seems to come faster every year—those cooler nights and shorter days—but it’s time to finally admit to ourselves: Summer is winding down. And that means more traffic on your e-commerce site. As students across the country get ready to go back to school, from the wee […]

Cloud Database, DBaaS Market to Reach $14 Billion by 2019

When it comes to the technology they deploy, today’s companies need versatile and flexible solutions that enable them to successfully navigate the ever-complex business world. As such, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the cloud database and database-as-a-service (DBaaS) market is projected to grow from $1.07 billion […]

NoSQL and NewSQL: A Primer

Traditionally, e-commerce businesses have leveraged relational database management systems (RDBMS) to host revenue-critical transactions. MySQL is one of the most well-known RDBMS, and is definitely the most widely-used open-source RDBMS in e-commerce. But due to the evolution of technology, including the rise of Big Data and cloud computing, MySQL databases […]

ACID Compliance: What It Means and Why You Should Care

The presence of four components — atomicity, consistency, isolation and durability — can ensure that a database transaction is completed in a timely manner. When databases possess these components, they are said to be ACID-compliant. So just what is ACID compliance, and why should you care? Let’s take a look: […]

Easily Scaling Out and In to Meet Seasonal Demand

Most businesses have a “busy season”—the time of year their employees are tearing their hair out trying to keep items stocked in warehouses and on shelves. Customers are eagerly buying whatever”s left, and the shipping department can”t imagine sealing another box. For many businesses, that”s the period between Thanksgiving and […]

The Importance of Concurrent Analytics

Thanks to the evolution of technology, businesses are able to collect and analyze customer-specific data and use the results to make informed changes to their operations, providing their customers with stronger service and, subsequently, bolstering their bottom lines. In this way, e-commerce-driven businesses can leverage their customer-specific data to launch […]

What to Do If Your SQL Database Fails to Scale Effectively

Whether you ask database administrators (DBAs) or application developers, they’ll tell you the same thing: Traditional SQL database scaling is an issue. Some might assert that’s because those databases were not designed to scale at any level, and certainly not to scale in the cloud. Others might say that those […]

The High Price of Downtime

Believe it or not, whenever Amazon experiences a single minute of downtime, it stands to lose more than $66,000. Although your company is most likely not the juggernaut Amazon is, you can’t afford downtime either. The average small to medium-sized business stands to lose $12,500 per hour of downtime. With […]

Three Tips to Bolster Your Customers’ Experience

The U.S. e-commerce market continues to expand. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, e-commerce brought in $3 trillion in 2012—the most up-to-date figure available—which represents an 11 percent increase from the year prior. With more than half of Americans owning smartphones and our lives becoming increasingly digitalized, the e-commerce market […]

Dealing With Traffic Swings: Why NewSQL Is the Answer

For some e-commerce retailers, predicting spikes and dips in traffic is a relatively easy task. A school supplies retailer, for example, can expect a large influx of traffic in August. And many e-commerce retailers anticipate more business than usual toward the end of the year, as customers scramble to purchase […]

Scaling E-commerce Databases with Lots of Moving Parts

Scaling an e-commerce website is difficult enough when you have a growing number of customers coming in to shop daily. We know it’s a double-edged sword; more customers means more sales means more revenue, but it also may mean you’re bumping up against the limits of your servers, leading to […]

DBaaS: Solving the Cloud Business Continuity Conundrum

Today’s e-commerce enterprises are expected to be “always-on”; you never know what time of day or night your customers are going to make a transaction. At the same time, these companies are increasingly turning to the cloud to improve efficiency, scalability, and reduce costs while dealing with the tremendous and […]

The Rise of Same-Day Delivery and What It Means for Your Database

  It used to be that if you needed a hammer to complete a project around the house, you’d drive down the street and get that hammer at the local hardware store. Believe it or not, in today’s e-commerce-driven world, that notion has been modernized: Companies like Google, Amazon, eBay […]

Clustrix Made Lead411′s Hottest Companies List

We are pleased to announce Clustrix has made Lead411’s list of hottest companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Following the review of more than 1,650 companies, the award honors the top several companies in the software, wireless, Internet or the media industry. “Our 2014 award winners might be our […]

Three E-Commerce Trends That Will Impact Your Database

E-commerce is growing rapidly as shoppers take to their computers, tablets and mobile devices to make purchases. In fact, mobile shopping is growing so rapidly that the sector will haul in $3.2 trillion in 2017, more than doubling the $1.5 trillion it realized in 2013, according to research from Juniper. […]

Thirst for E-commerce Data Fuels Real-time Analytics Demand

You can’t turn around in the e-commerce space without someone mentioning Big Data. Indeed, having access to scores of information about your customers, emerging trends and buying patterns can be a key competitive advantage that promises real business benefits to companies of all sizes. But how can companies get to […]

How E-commerce Businesses Can Benefit from a NewSQL Approach

It’s no secret that e-commerce is growing as shoppers increasingly take to the Web to buy everything from clothing and personal care items to computers and school supplies. In fact, sales reached $200 billion in 2013, and six percent of all sales in the United States are now made online. […]

Tech-Forum Friday: Index Usage with Functions

Note: We’re starting this “technical forum” in order to share hot topics and noteworthy discussions from the ClustrixDB support forum with our larger audience. I just ran into this issue with a developer and thought it was blog-worthy. Our UI was doing the following query:   SELECT node,      READS,      replicas, […]

Better Real-Time Analytics and Availability with Horizontal Data Slicing

With fast-growing startups, businesses, and applications, the application servers are easy to scale, but the operational databases often hit scale issues with high volume and velocity of data. This issue is especially true in the cloud, where the scaling model is horizontal scale-out on commodity hardware. Legacy databases such as […]

Master-Master: Investigation the Mysterious Duplicate Key Error

One thing I like about my role at Clustrix is that it allows me to work with real customer use cases and offers a unique opportunity to understand respective deployment architectures and learn something new and interesting from each and every engagement. I came across an interesting use case recently […]

Keeping a Distributed Database Balanced: The ClustrixDB Rebalancer

ClustrixDB is a single logical DBMS made up of many individual servers. These servers have matching hardware, and are equal peers within the cluster. Each server holds part of the relational dataset. Any of them can participate in (or initiate) a SQL query. To fully utilize the total hardware in […]

NewSQL vs. SQL on Hadoop

NoSQL, NewSQL, SQL on Hadoop – SQL seems to be everywhere these days. The data management landscape is complex and moving very fast. Since real-time analytics is used by both the NewSQL and SQL on Hadoop communities, let’s dig in and see the differences. SQL is in Vogue SQL is […]

Can You Hear Me Now . . . ?

Cloud computing, big data, and real-time analytics are quickly transforming how business is done—not only in the office, but also on the farm. Taggle Systems uses ClustrixDB to record and analyze data for livestock, utility meters, and irrigation across large-scale installations in Australia. With Taggle’s low-cost, long-range, low-power tags (custom […]

PeekAnalytics Scales Social Media Analytics with ClustrixDB

Most Twitter analytics companies focus on unique presentations of Twitter’s own data. Only PeekAnalytics can analyze your Twitter network and provide additional insights about your followers–or even people tweeting specific types of content beyond what Twitter.com itself can provide. PeekAnalytics can correlate the age, gender, income level, hobbies/interests, job title, […]

TheWay Holdings – Online Affiliate Tracking Network Chooses ClustrixDB

  TheWay Holdings chose ClustrixDB software for Afftrack, an affiliate network tracking platform in their portfolio. This application is currently used within the company and they are anticipating high growth starting in February, when the application will be available in SaaS form to the public. They chose ClustrixDB because of […]

Five-Nines Availability on a Cloud Database in Real World Applications

  One thing I really enjoy about my role at Clustrix is the exposure to a wide variety of customer environments and applications around the world. While supporting our customers I’ve become familiar with the challenges they face in developing their own products and, with a bit of luck, help […]

Holiday Shopping . . . Are You Prepared? More Importantly, is Your Database?

  During this year’s holiday shopping season craziness, I thought it would be a good time to share some experiences we’ve had with our e-commerce customers—experiences that show why they chose to invest in ClustrixDB product licenses and why they’ve expanded their implementations multiple times. While modern e-commerce sites use […]

Nomorerack Achieves 600% Online Sales on Cyber Monday with ClustrixDB That Scales from 48 to 112 Cores to Handle 3x Database Traffic

  Nomorerack is among the fastest growing e-commerce companies in US offering deals at deep discounts. Facing a large spike in traffic for the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, Nomorerack came to us looking to scale their database to handle the extra load from the herds of sale-hungry holiday […]

ClustrixDB @AWS:reInvent – Where the Energy and Customers Are…

    As part of ClustrixDB team, I’ve been to many conferences during the past two years, and clearly the energy plus the sheer number of people building new applications at AWS:reInvent was the highest of any conference. It’s now THE place to be if you’re building applications for the […]

Looking Beyond Healthcare.gov: The Big Economic Opportunity with Obamacare

  Last week, I was quoted on CNN online regarding problems with engineering fundamentals on the Healthcare.gov site and the new “tech surge” to fix it (http://cnnmon.ie/16pKPnW). For anyone who has built a business critical software product or scalable website, the major mistakes are pretty clear, but here is my […]

Choosing Your Database: Lessons from Google F1

  Databases are a lot like programming languages: there’s a great variety to chose from, they have wildly different programming and query interfaces, and there’s a wide gap in available features. And just as choosing the right programming language for a project can have a significant impact on the outcome […]

In-Memory Real-Time Analytics, Done Right

  There is a lot of hype in the media about in-memory computing and in-memory real-time analytics. SAP HANA has used savvy marketing and experimental projects across their customer base to create a storm of interest followed by real revenue. Now, everyone wants in. Oracle has jumped in recently with […]

Can You ALTER a 3 Billion Row SQL Table Online?

  At Clustrix, our goal has always been to simplify everything about the database. We started off tackling the scale-out challenges, then performance, easy MySQL migration, real-time analytics, and so on as the product matured and customers expressed their desires for other features. But all along ClustrixDB has had support […]

Future of the Database: Is SQL Alive? Will Scale-Out Gobble ETL?

  With so many exciting new developments in the database space, the team at Clustrix wanted to articulate two main insights about the future of the database. First, the future of the database is scale-out. The primary space is converging around scale-out SQL and scale-out NoSQL. The analytics space has […]

Oracle Reaches for Your Wallet (Again) with Big Memory Machine

  Every business wants real-time analytics. Why should you wait overnight for batch analytic and data integration jobs to understand your customer data better? Failure to adapt to today’s data-driven economy where the game changes minute-to-minute can mean business failure for a startup or new innovation project in a public […]

Differentiating “Real-Time” Analytics

You’ve probably heard some buzz lately around the term “real-time analytics,” perhaps even seen some impressive benchmark numbers. In this article I”ll explain what these systems offer and why these benchmarks don’t necessarily translate to real-world use. Real-Time Analytics Benchmarks: Are They Real? As a result of the NoSQL “diaspora,” […]

AWS Outage: Once Burned, Twice Shy – ShortStack for Facebook Switched from Heroku on AWS to Clustrix on Last Outage, Survived This One

“Once burned, twice shy” — and maybe you thought that was just the name of an old ABBA song. ShortStack is a cutting edge SaaS platform for Facebook that helps individuals and organizations publish rich and engaging Facebook apps, allowing anyone to run contests, promotions, sweepstakes and more. For new […]

It’s Not NoSQL, It’s Scale-Out and SQL’s a Yes

    New applications are now primarily being developed for the cloud environment – whether it is private, public, or hybrid. The data layer for a modern application is complex with multiple data stores, and choosing the correct database requires understanding a market and database landscape that is complex, fragmented, […]

Why You Write Code When You Interview with Clustrix

  Everyone who interviews for a job with Clustrix eventually finds themselves standing at a whiteboard with a marker and a task, “Write some code that will do X.” For the kinds of people we’re looking for here, this is their bread and butter. They’ve already written and deployed a […]

Get Real-Time Analytics While Processing High-Scale Transactions

  The need for transactional databases that can analyze data in real-time, on the same database, has never been greater than it is today. Consider this – since 2010, online advertisers have tripled their use of real-time bidding in display advertising, and in 2013, nearly one in five display dollars […]

The Amazon Database-as-a-Service Landscape

  There is a rich ecosystem of services available on Amazon. While it’s easy to scale application servers and increasingly simple to deploy applications, there are fewer options at the database layer. We created a landscape to help you find the right database solution on Amazon for your business. For […]

Clustrix on Database Trends and Applications 100: The Companies That Matter Most in Data

  The staff of DBTA recently released their list of the 100 companies that matter in data today – and Clustrix made the list! The list focuses on companies that cater to data management, but other than that, the list represents a variety of businesses today. It doesn’t matter whether […]

When it Comes to Real-Time Analytics, Does Cassandra + Hadoop Equal Clustrix?

My sales team recently requested I check out Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise. A prospective customer had asked us for a comparison, and since we rarely see each other in the field, we’ve never looked closely at them before. Surprisingly, DataStax appears to have taken a very different path to build […]

Under the Radar 2013 Names Clustrix Among Top 10 Most Innovative New IT Ventures at Conference

  As we announced last week, Clustrix had the honor of presenting as a Spotlight Company at Under the Radar 2013 – Silicon Valley’s premiere startup showcase that illuminates the latest innovation in business technology. We’re proud to announce that Clustrix has since been voted by the conference venture capitalist […]

Free Event (NY, NY): NewSQL Database Month — the New Operational Database

  Come join us on Monday, June 3 at 6:30 PM at AlleyNYC, New York, NY for a free NewSQL DB Meetup event. RSVP today. Cloud, Big Data, and analytics are driving the need for a new database – one that scales out both transactions and real-time analytics, and is […]

8 Cool Things You Can Do With Clustrix on AWS

  Clustrix has changed the way businesses scale transactions and run real-time analytics, but the benefits of Clustrix don’t stop there. Clustrix was engineered from the ground up to reinvent and dramatically improve the way SQL relational databases handle the demands of today’s high volume data workloads. Our most recent […]

How Clustrix Maintains ACID in a Clustered Environment

ClusterDBA user on StackExchange recently asked the question, “Why can’t RDBMs cluster the way NoSQL does?” The question received several good answers, one of which essentially amounted to ‘ACID is hard in a shared-nothing system,’ and then proceeded to enumerate what was hard about it. While there’s no doubt that […]

WSJ Declares Clustrix is Shaking up the Database Market

  Last week, Clustrix announced that it raised $16.5M in its latest Series C funding round. The Wall Street Journal declared that “tech watchers once considered the database market pretty stagnant, at online casino least in terms of new technology and new entrants. Suddenly it is anything but that, with […]

Advertising Analytics – Accelerated in Real-Time

    Since 2010, real-time bidding has tripled its share of display advertising, and in 2013, nearly one in five display dollars will go to real-time bidding. What does this mean for the world of online advertising? For starters, the market is growing faster, more competitive, and more innovative every […]

Clustrix 5.0 Performance Benchmark and Analysis

  Announcing our newest release, Clustrix 5.0. Clustrix 5.0 is for data-driven businesses that require blazingly fast real-time analytics on operational data. Clustrix 5.0 is a row-based SQL database designed to bring Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) to analytic queries on operational data. The same near-linear scalability Clustrix has previously brought […]

Achieve Linear Scalability for Ruby on Rails with Scale-Out SQL

Thursday, April 25, 2013 11:00 AM PST / 2:00 PM EST Ruby on Rails with a single MySQL server is one of the fastest ways to create and deploy a world-class web app. Scaling that application is another story. Since you can add web capacity easily, the ability to scale […]

An Intro to Sierra, the Clustrix Database Query Optimizer

  SQL query optimization is well known to be a difficult problem. At Clustrix, when we began to architect a new type of distributed database, we knew the query optimizer would be critical to system performance. The distributed nature of Clustrix allows us to produce better execution plans than non-distributed […]

Clustrix Sponsoring the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2013

  Join Clustrix at the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo on April 22-25, 2013 in Santa Clara, CA.  And on April 24th, our very own Raj Bains, lead Product Architect, will host a presentation titled “Accelerating Real-Time Analytics with Clustrix.” Accelerating Real-Time Analytics with Clustrix, Raj Bains, 3:30 – […]

Tech Talk from our Friends at TheLadders: How to Scale Your Database in the Cloud

  Last Thursday, I presented at the Clustrix NYC roadshow. Technical executives and leaders from two of the world’s largest database groups on Meetup, New York City’s MySQL and NewSQL groups, were treated to an in-depth presentation about our direct experience with Clustrix, a leading scale-out database. The event, hosted […]

The New Database Landscape

  Traditional SQL databases have been the database of choice for multiple decades. However, in the last decade they have struggled to keep pace with market demand. With new sources of data and larger data sizes, traditional SQL databases struggle to support millions of users, billions of data rows, and […]

Announcing our Partnership with ResultsPositive, a Leader in IT Software Services

  We’re excited to announce our new partnership with ResultsPositive, a leader in IT software. This partnership will bring the Clustrix solution directly to ResultsPositive’s customer base of emerging growth companies using Agile development practices. “We are excited to partner with Clustrix and extend the unique business value of its […]

How Rafter Aced Application Development through the Power of a Scale-Out SQL Database

  Thursday, March 28, 2013 10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST Listen up Developers, DBAs, and DevOps – this webinar is for you. The database should be an app team’s best friend. But when it’s not scaling, it’s their worst enemy. It’s even more difficult in the cloud – […]

Have You Seen our Latest Customer Success Video with AOL?

  We’re excited to showcase our newest customer success video with AOL – one of our first customers. In this video, Dan Pollack, Senior Operations Architect at AOL, explains how Clustrix makes it possible for AOL to maintain application growth without limits, not to mention eliminates the pains associated with […]

Sharding: In Theory and Practice (Part Five)

  Part Five: The Data Warehouse Welcome to the final installment of this series on database sharding. Following the steps in part two (The Differences Between Algorithmic and Dynamic Sharding) and part three (What’s in a Shard?) of this series, you can achieve a scalable and fault-tolerant architecture, but one […]

How to Take Advantage of NewSQL in the Cloud

Everything, anytime, anyplace – that’s the power of the cloud. Chances are, you’re already moving some of your systems to the cloud. But up until now, your database – the heart of your application – has been a legacy product that didn’t scale any better in the cloud than it […]

How to Harness the Power of DBaaS and the Cloud to Achieve Superior Application Performance

  To run large data set applications in the cloud, and run them well, businesses and other organizations have embraced the concept and practice of Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS). All too often, however, these organizations have found that even as DBaaS helps to address some challenges, it exacerbates others, increasing complexity and […]

Sharding: In Theory and Practice (Part Four)

  Part Four: Using Memcached Welcome back to our blog series on database sharding. As I mentioned in part one of this series, memcached was invented at LiveJournal, and its purpose is to reduce the number of redundant reads hitting their databases. LiveJournal observed that 80% of the traffic accesses […]

How TheLadders Found Simple Database Scalability with Clustrix

With more than five million members, TheLadders is the premier online job-matching service for all career-driven professionals. This case study concentrates on how TheLadders decided on the database scalability of Clustrix to support its fast and unpredictable growth. Limited Database Scalability Before Clustrix TheLadders searched for over a year to […]

Sharding: In Theory and Practice (Part Three)

Part Three: What’s in a Shard? In the first two posts of this series, I offered a perspective on the origins of database sharding and described the architectural problems with algorithmic sharding that led LiveJournal and TypePad to use dynamic sharding to scale. The next challenge of a sharded architecture […]

Scale Up vs. Scale Out

    When I talk to database developers and database architects, they’re often consumed with how to deal with the challenges of scaling their databases in the face of rapid growth while simultaneously focusing on applications changes to help their businesses grow. They talk about hiring expensive performance consultants, ongoing […]

Why I Joined Clustrix

  I recently joined Clustrix as vice president of engineering after more than 25 years in databases and information management. Throughout my career I have focused on innovations in parallel database technology and analytics—primarily in building business-critical products for the enterprise—and ClustrixDB is no exception. Here’s why… I Believe in […]

Sharding: In Theory and Practice (Part Two)

  Part Two: The Differences Between Algorithmic and Dynamic Sharding In my last post, I pointed to the LiveJournal model as an example of sharding on which many recent Internet companies have based their own implementations. To understand the design decisions of a sharded environment, let’s discuss the differences between […]

Announcing the Limited Preview of Clustrix 5.0 on Amazon Web Services

The move to cloud computing is changing the face of the computer industry, and at the heart of this change is Big Data and the scale-out platforms that enable it. As demand grows, applications add new computing nodes, and each additional node adds capacity to serve more clients. Vertica, Hadoop […]

Three Megatrends Fueling Database Industry Growth in 2013

From all of us at Clustrix, we wish you a happy New Year! 2012 was a pivotal year for us.  The number of customers using our leading scale-out SQL database built for Big Data applications tripled to make us a truly global business. Clustrix now powers web and mobile applications […]

Sharding: In Theory and Practice (Part One)

Part One: A Brief History of Sharding Peter Zaitsev’s keynote at PerconaLive NYC 2012 contained a slide with the text, “sharding is messy.” This admission felt like a tide change to me because so many high-growth technology companies today are firmly entrenched in custom-sharded solutions into which they poured their […]

Clustrix Named a Top Ten Company & Technology to Watch in 2013 by Inside Analysis

  As an exciting kick off to the New Year, Clustrix is pleased to announce that our company has been named a top ten company and technology to watch in 2013 by Inside Analysis, a division of the Bloor Group that provides detailed analysis of today’s enterprise software industry. Companies […]

Spotlight on Three Differentiating Features of Clustrix

  Clustrix stands apart from other databases.  Our scale-out SQL relational database offers some key differences that stem from our distributed architecture and give us the flexibility to create features that don’t exist, or aren’t possible, with MySQL or other database architectures. Here are a few of the lesser-known yet […]

What Does it Mean to Say Clustrix is a “MySQL Replacement?”

  I’m Christine, and I’m a program manager at Clustrix. In my job, I’m constantly explaining what Clustrix does, and in doing so, I’ve found myself using the metaphor that “Clustrix is like MySQL on steroids.” What that means is that Clustrix is a drop-in MySQL replacement — if you’re […]

How Adscience Gained Peak Performance and Linear Scale at a Low TCO

Adscience, a leading marketing accountability solution provider, found a better way. A poorly managed database can deal your business a deathblow.  Slow response times, inflexibility, and the inability to scale as your business grows can put a grinding halt to your applications – and in a world where competition is […]

Clustrix named a Top 20 Enterprise Software Vendor by SiliconIndia Magazine

Clustrix has earned a spot on SiliconIndia Magazine’s list of “Top 20 Enterprise Software Vendors.” Here’s what SiliconIndia Magazine had to say about why Clustrix made the list: “Clustrix’ unique advantage derives from an innovative shared-nothing, fully distributed relational database architecture, which includes Intelligent data distribution, automatic data distribution for […]

SQL Disaggregation Techniques to “Structure” Unstructured Dat

  At Clustrix, we use Bugzilla as our bug database. Although it provides an xmlrpc API that claims a higher probability of compatibility across upgrades, we’re SQL people and can’t resist the temptation of querying its relational tables directly. Our database consolidates data from various disparate sources where we use […]

Getting in Touch with Ruby on Rails Developers at RubyConf 2012

  As an applications engineer, I work to understand the challenges that our customers face integrating Clustrix into their environments. Really seeing things from a customer’s point of view involves keeping in touch with the developer ecosystems evolving around various application languages and frameworks. Since many Clustrix customers operate Ruby […]

Announcing the 4.1 Release of Clustrix

The Clustrix team is proud to announce our 4.1 release, which was delivered beginning October 31, 2012. Some of the key highlights from 4.1 includethe following: Fast Parallel Backup Clustrix now implements fast backup and restore as a binary backup mechanism that works at the row level. Each Clustrix node […]

From Sharding and Slave Replication to Scale and Flexibility: iOffer Wins Success with Clustrix

iOffer, the fastest growing destination for interactive social commerce, needed a way to support its vibrant global community connecting visitors from over 190 countries in every language via millions of item listings. But with a multi-master and many slave replication setup, it wasn’t long before iOffer faced complicated application logic […]

The Clustrix Support Experience

At Clustrix, our customers are our best advocates and we strive to keep it that way. As Vice President of Customer Operations, I am proud to lead our support team in these efforts by providing our clients with fast and comprehensive support. As a Clustrix customer, you can expect a […]

Scaling Distributed Joins

A frequent question we get about Clustrix involves our ability to efficiently evaluate distributed joins. We face quite a bit of skepticism when we make the claim that we can scale joins in our system. And people are right to be incredulous: many other systems claiming to be shared nothing […]

Key Differences between Clustrix and MySQL

I’m Nick Lamb, and I’m a Support Engineer at Clustrix. I’ve been with Clustrix for over five years.  It’s been exciting and inspirational to watch our company grow in that time, but even more exciting to help and watch our customers accomplish great things using Clustrix as part of their […]