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  • Review

    Apache Hive brings real-time queries to Hadoop

    Posted July 23, 2014 - 10:50 am

    Hive's SQL-like query language and vastly improved speed on huge data sets make it the perfect partner for an enterprise data warehouse.
  • Review

    Big data showdown: Cassandra vs. HBase

    Posted April 2, 2014 - 11:25 am

    Bigtable-inspired open source projects take different routes to the highly scalable, highly flexible, distributed, wide column data store.
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    HBase is massively scalable -- and hugely complex

    Posted March 31, 2014 - 10:57 am

    Apache HBase offers extreme scalability, reliability, and flexibility, but at the cost of many moving parts.
  • Review

    Fedora tips its hat to mobility, cloud, big data

    Posted March 31, 2014 - 9:03 am

    Newest release also features support for ARM processors.
  • Review

    Cassandra lowers the barriers to big data

    Posted March 24, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Apache Cassandra is a free, open source NoSQL database designed to manage very large data sets (think petabytes) across large clusters of commodity servers. Among many distinguishing features, Cassandra excels at scaling writes as well as reads, and its "master-less" architecture makes creating and expanding clusters relatively straightforward. For organizations seeking a data store that can support rapid and massive growth, Cassandra should be high on the list of options to consider.
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    VMware vSphere 5.5 bulks up with more muscle, high-availability

    Posted December 2, 2013 - 2:09 pm

    VMware's latest salvo in its virtualization war with Microsoft is vSphere 5.5, which features a host of improvements, the most interesting being high availability, support for Big Data/Hadoop and improved storage and backup.
  • Review

    NoSQL showdown: MongoDB vs. Couchbase

    Posted March 21, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    MongoDB edges Couchbase Server with richer querying and indexing options, as well as superior ease-of-use
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    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
  • Review

    Microsoft raises the bar with SQL Server 2012

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 5:14 pm

    While SQL Server 2008 was little more than a service-pack level upgrade, the 2012 version of Microsoft's database has a boatload of new features and delivers solid performance improvements.
  • Review

    7 top tools for taming big data

    Posted April 18, 2012 - 6:11 am

    Top-flight reporting, analysis, visualization, integration, and development tools that help you harness Hadoop
  • 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.
  • Review

    Hands on: HP's Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance

    Posted February 10, 2012 - 1:47 pm

    If you're like most enterprises, you have data everywhere. It's in line-of-business applications. It's in directories. It's in various departmental servers. It's in your e-commerce platform. To manage all this, most shops use databases of all sizes running on a variety of operating systems and database applications, often from different vendors and editions. Chances are, they're not consistent.
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    Flexing NoSQL: MongoDB in review

    Posted February 8, 2012 - 7:15 am

    MongoDB shines with broad programming language support, SQL-like queries, and out-of-the-box scaling
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