Clustrix in the News: The Truth About Database Cloud Migration, Oracle Lashes Out, and Lessons from Amazon Prime Day/Pokemon Outages

San Francisco, CA – Oct 5, 2016 – Clustrix (, provider of the first scale-out database designed for the elastic scaling requirements of high-transaction, high-value workloads of today’s Web applications, recently expressed its opinions on some of the most pressing topics facing DBAs, data architects, CIOs, CMOs, and companies that rely on relational databases for mission critical purposes:

Migrating a database to the cloud doesn’t ensure all of the cloud’s benefits

As companies continue to shift from on-premise to cloud-based operating models, many assume that they’ll have the same flexibility in terms of scaling their database that they have with other cloud-based applications. Clustrix CEO Mike Azevedo commented on this issue in Virtual Strategy Magazine, pointing out that “MySQL databases actually scale the way that on-premise applications scale, even if deployed in the cloud, and therefore impose a very real performance ceiling on the applications that they power.” He further elaborated on this topic in Sys-Con’s Cloud Computing Journal, noting that this lack of scalability “will be particularly acute for applications with OLTP (online transaction processing) workloads that are both high in volume and need to maintain data integrity through ACID compliance.” Azevedo concluded that “The best way database companies can serve these kinds of organizations is to offer a drop-in replacement for MySQL that delivers the linear scalability that enables you to fully leverage the flexibility of the cloud.”

Oracle’s Mark Hurd takes shots at AWS, Clustrix urges neutrality

Earlier this month Clustrix’s Dave Anselmi commented on the imminent battle between top tech companies in A Brawl is Brewing! How To Stay Neutral as Tech Giants Prepare to Take on AWS for Top Cloud Provider Spot. Anselmi commented that “although it looks like ‘cloud means Amazon’, we should resist the temptation to conclude that the cloud war is over. We’ve only seen the initial skirmish, and the most valuable company in the world is about to step up.” That company, of course, is Google. Nevertheless, the first tech giant to take potshots following Anselmi’s post was Oracle, with Mark Hurd claiming that AWS was locking in its clients, and asserting Oracle’s overall superiority.

Clustrix, however, maintains that Anselmi had it right when he offered this advice: “We all win if we stay neutral, allowing them to duke it out as cloud computing becomes increasingly commoditized,” adding that “The losers will go with proprietary solutions from cloud providers and the winners will pick solutions that run everywhere AND leverage the best of each.”

Amazon Prime Day, Pokemon Go launch prove that nobody’s immune to performance issues

As a long-time observer of the challenges associated with scaling a relational database to high traffic levels, Clustrix’s Jose Santa Ana offered some pre-Prime Day advice to Amazon on the problems it might face in Making Amazon Prime “Black Tuesday,” Not a Black Eye. Unfortunately, Santa Ana’s predictions of site outages, slow and frozen checkouts and lost sales turned out to be prophetic. The launch of Pokemon Go also experienced similar problems, which Santa Ana also commented on in Pokemon Go becomes Pokemon Stop.

The big lesson? If even the most sophisticated tech companies are reaching the limits of RDBMS, everyone else relying on traditional technology is bound to experience these problems too–possibly on a worse scale.