• Fedora, openSUSE ditch MySQL, in a major database shake-up

    Posted February 4, 2013 - 10:47 am

    Two major open-source projects, Fedora and openSUSE, are planning to ditch the venerable Oracle MySQL database framework and adopt MariaDB instead.
  • 10 of the most useful cloud databases

    Posted December 19, 2012 - 2:19 pm

    Big data is becoming a big deal and cloud providers want to be the place where enterprises databases live.
  • PostGres offered as a cloud cluster service

    Posted December 18, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    Eyeing greater use of the open source Postgres database in the cloud, hosting provider Open Hosting has launched a service that allows users to run an automated cluster of PostGres databases on the company's own servers.
  • Review

    Six free databases with commercial-quality features

    Posted December 3, 2012 - 4:44 pm

    Free or open source databases run hundreds of millions of public-facing and private applications worldwide, but how effective is this technology and how do these products compare? For answers, we reviewed six popular free or open source database products: Microsoft SQL Server Express, PostgreSQL, Oracle's MySQL, MariaDB, Apache Derby and Firebird SQL.
  • A vendor-independent comparison of NoSQL databases: Cassandra, HBase, MongoDB, Riak

    Posted October 22, 2012 - 9:11 pm

    In 2010, when the world became enchanted by the capabilities of cloud systems and new databases designed to serve them, a group of researchers from Yahoo decided to look into NoSQL. They developed the YCSB framework to assess the performance of new tools and find the best cases for their use. The results were published in the paper, "Benchmarking Cloud Serving Systems with YCSB."
  • WIN this book: NoSQL Distilled

    Posted September 28, 2012 - 5:01 pm

    ITworld is giving away 5 copies of 'NoSQL Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Emerging World of Polyglot Persistence' to some lucky readers. Enter now for your chance to win!
  • Ill-informed haters go after MongoDB

    Posted September 27, 2012 - 1:00 pm

    NoSQL databases like MongoDB are great for some tasks but not for others. Is it MongoDB's fault if misguided developers use it to solve the wrong problem?
  • Review

    Review: SQL Server 2012 stands tall

    Posted September 12, 2012 - 1:19 pm

    Huge HA and indexing improvements top the list of great new features in Microsoft's latest database release
  • Apache Cassandra database upgrade due this fall

    Posted August 13, 2012 - 7:42 am

    Open source NoSQL database will get schema change and virtual node capabilities, and query improvements are also eyed
  • How Mozilla keeps its MySQL database tidy

    Posted August 8, 2012 - 8:38 pm

    Keeping track of a MySQL databases may have just gotten easier for Mozilla after installing a database management tool from ScaleBase.
  • Which freaking database should I use?

    Posted August 2, 2012 - 6:11 am

    In the era of big data, good old RDBMS is no longer the right tool for many database jobs. Here's a quick guide to choosing among NoSQL alternatives
  • Can Big Data defeat Big Money in politics?

    Posted June 15, 2012 - 2:42 pm

    Money rules politics, but the emergence of data analysis in the campaign process could eventually level the playing field for outgunned candidates.
  • The time for NoSQL standards is now

    Posted June 7, 2012 - 2:08 pm

    Like Larry Ellison's yacht, the RDBMS is sailing into the sunset. But if NoSQL is to take its place, a standard query language and APIs must emerge soon
  • 10 essential performance tips for MySQL

    Posted May 14, 2012 - 2:06 pm

    From workload profiling to the three rules of indexing, these expert insights are sure to make your MySQL servers scream.
  • FREE stuff: Joomla programming book, database training, and more

    Posted May 3, 2012 - 4:14 pm

    Each month we look for special offers for ITworld readers to try. This month, we have the new book Joomla! Programming, database training from Webucator, and more!
  • Review

    Review: FileMaker Pro 12 and FileMaker Pro Advanced 12

    Posted April 4, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    With new versions of its entire FileMaker product line (FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Pro Advanced, FileMaker Server, FileMaker Server Advanced, and FileMaker Go), FileMaker, Inc. extends its dominance of the Mac OS and iOS database world by offering improvements that will be valued by every type of FileMaker user: end users both in the office and out, and developers of every level of ability, from amateurs to aces.
  • Review

    Tomboy: Powerful, and free, database for notes

    Posted March 26, 2012 - 3:24 pm

    Take the intuitive simplicity of jotting down a quick note in Notepad, combine it with the ever-present nature of Stickies, and add easy linking between topics that's even more instant than TiddlyWiki. You've got Tomboy: A free application that makes managing your knowledge easy and fast.
  • Microsoft to cut SQL Azure prices

    Posted February 19, 2012 - 9:47 am

    Microsoft is lowering the price of its SQL Azure database platform to help make it popular with a wider range of customers looking for a cloud-based database solution.
  • Review

    First look: Oracle NoSQL Database

    Posted November 16, 2011 - 7:14 am

    Oracle's take on the distributed key-value data store is fast, flexible, and enterprise-grade serious
  • MySQL hits new development milestone

    Posted October 3, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    Oracle is making the open-source MySQL database more stable and feature-rich through a shift in development philosophy, MySQL Vice President of Engineering Tomas Ulin said during a keynote address Monday at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.
  • Administrate databases over the Web with phpMyAdmin

    Posted April 25, 2011 - 10:36 am

    PhpMyAdmin is the one of the most popular tools for MySQL database administration. A major reason for this is its portability--phpMyAdmin runs in a Web browser, so you can access it from almost any computer. The program is also robust; phpMyAdmin has enough functionality that you can probably create and run a Web site without knowing any SQL. Being free and open-source never hurt anybody, either. For these reasons, most hosting sites include phpMyAdmin in their control panel as the default MySQL administration tool.
  • BMC supercharges IBM DB2 for mainframes

    Posted April 8, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    BMC's new tools for IBM's DB2 version 10 take advantage of the System z zIIP co-processor
  • Oracle shares jump after hours following strong Q2 earnings

    Posted December 16, 2010 - 7:55 pm

    Shares of Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) jumped more than 4 percent in after-hours trading Thursday after the database giant reported impressive second-quarter earnings.
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