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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 Blog 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 Tomorrow: Database Architecture and Scaling Strategies,in the cloud & on the rack

  It’s your last chance to register for tomorrow’s webinar. If you don’t think you can make it but wish you could, register anyway! You will automatically receive the slides and recording after the event. Robbie Mihayli, VP of Engineering at Clustrix will explore how to set up a SQL […]

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 choice 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 […]