SQL Contest – Win 10 Amazon Gift Cards worth (USD 200) and 10 NuoDB T-Shirts

This month, we have yet not run any contest so we will be running a very interesting contest with the help of good guys at NuoDB. NuoDB has just released version 2.0 and You can download NuoDB from here.

NuoDB’s NewSQL distributed database is designed to be a single database that works across multiple servers, which can scale easily, and scale on demand. That’s one system that gives high connectivity but no latency, complexity or maintenance issues. MySQL works in some circumstances, but a period of growth isn’t one of them. So as a company moves forward, the MySQL database can’t keep pace. Data storage and data replication errors creep in. Soon the diaspora of the offices becomes a problem. Your telephone system isn’t just distributed, it is literally all over the place. You can read my detailed article about how Why VoIP Service Providers Should Think About NuoDB’s Geo Distribution.

Here is the contest:

Contest Part 1:

NuoDB R2.0 delivered a long list of improvements and new features. List three of the major features of NuoDB 2.0.

Here is the hint1, hint2, hint3.

Contest Part 2:

Download NuoDB using this link. Once you download NuoDB, leave a comment over here with the name of the platform and installer size. (For example Windows Platform Size abc.dd MB)

Here is the what you can win!

Giveaways

  • 10 Amazon Gift Card (Each of USD 20 – total USD 200)
  • 10 Amazingly looking NuoDB T-Shirts (For the first 10 downloads)

Rules

Participate before Oct 28, 2013. All the valid answers will be published after Oct 28, 2013 and winners will receive an email on Nov 1st, 2013.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Why VoIP Service Providers Should Think About NuoDB’s Geo Distribution

You can always tell when someone’s showing off their cool, cutting edge comms technology. They tend to raise their voice a lot.

Back in the day they’d announce their gadget leadership to the rest of the herd by shouting into their cellphone. Usually the message was no more urgent than “Hi, I’m on my cellphone!” Now the same types will loudly name-drop a different technology to the rest of the airport lounge. “I’m leveraging the wifi,” a fellow passenger bellowed, the other day, as we filtered through the departure gate. Nobody needed to know that, but the subtext was “look at me everybody”.

You can tell the really advanced mobile user – they tend to whisper. Their handset has a microphone (how cool is that!) and they know how to use it.

Sometimes these shouty public broadcasters aren’t even connected anyway because the database for their Voice over IP (VoIP) platform can’t cope. This will happen if they are using a traditional SQL model to try and cope with a phone network which has far flung offices and hundreds of mobile employees. That, like shouting into your phone, is just wrong on so many levels.

What VoIP needs now is a single, logical database across multiple servers in different geographies. It needs to be updated in real-time and automatically scaled out during times of peak demand. A VoIP system should scale up to handle increased traffic, but just as importantly is must then go back down in the off peak hours.

Try this with a MySQL database. It can’t scale easily enough, so it will keep your developers busy. They’ll have spent many hours trying to knit the different databases together.

Traditional relational databases can possibly achieve this, at a price. Mind you, you could extend baked bean cans and string to every point on the network and that would be no less elegant. That’s not really following engineering principles though is it?

Having said that, most telcos and VoIP systems use a separate, independent solution for each office location, which they link together – loosely.  The more office locations, the more complex and expensive the solution becomes and so the more you spend on maintenance. Ideally, you’d have a fluid system that can automatically shift its shape as the need arises. That’s the point of software isn’t it – it adapts. Otherwise, we might as well return to the old days. A MySQL system isn’t exactly baked bean cans attached by string, but it’s closer in spirit to the old many teethed mechanical beast that was employed in the first type of automated switchboard.

NuoBD’s NewSQL is designed to be a single database that works across multiple servers, which can scale easily, and scale on demand. That’s one system that gives high connectivity but no latency, complexity or maintenance issues.

MySQL works in some circumstances, but a period of growth isn’t one of them. So as a company moves forward, the MySQL database can’t keep pace. Data storage and data replication errors creep in. Soon the diaspora of offices becomes a problem. Your telephone system isn’t just distributed, it is literally all over the place.

Though voice calls are often a software function, some of the old habits of telephony remain. When you call an engineer out, some of them will listen to what you’re asking for and announce that it cannot be done. This is what happens if you ask, say, database engineers familiar with Oracle or Microsoft to fulfill your wish for a low maintenance system built on a single, fluid, scalable database. No can do, they’d say. In fact, I heard one shouting something similar into his VoIP handset at the airport. “I can’t get on the network, Mac. I’m on MySQL.”

You can download NuoDB from here.

NuoDB provides the ability to replicate data globally in real-time, which is not available with any other product offering,” states Weeks.  “That alone is remarkable and it works. I’ve seen it. I’ve used it.  I’ve tested it. The ability to deploy NuoDB removes a tremendous burden from our support and engineering teams.”

SQLAuthority News – Mark the Date: October 16, 2013 – Introducing NuoDB Blackbirds: THE Distributed Database

I am very excited to announce first on this blog about the release of NuoDB Blackbirds (NuoDB Release 2.0). NuoDB is my favorite application to work with data now a days. They are increasingly gaining market share as well as brining out new features with their every new release. I was very excited when I learned that NuoDB is releasing their flagship release of 2.0 on October 16, 2013. Interesting enough I will be in USA while this release happens and I will be watching it live during my day time. Even though if I had to stay up the entire night to just watch this release, I would do it.

Here is the details of the announcements:

Introducing NuoDB Blackbirds: THE Distributed Database

Date: October 16, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM EDT
Location: Online
Registration Link

What is the best DBMS architecture to handle today’s and tomorrow’s evolving needs? The days of shared disk are over. The times are “a-changin” and IT infrastructure has to change with them.

Join NuoDB live for the introduction of our latest major product release, NuoDB Blackbirds, and take a look at why the NuoDB distributed database architecture is the only answer for customers like Fathom Voice, a leading provider of Voice Over IP (VoIP).

NuoDB CEO, Barry Morris, welcomes Cameron Weeks, CEO of Fathom Voice to discuss how his company is using DBMS to break away from the pack and become the hottest player in VoIP. The webcast will include demonstrations of a single, logical database running in multiple geographies and a live Q&A.

If due to any reason, you cannot watch it live, do not worry at all, just register at this Registration Link, as after the event you will get the link to watch the event on-demand. You can watch the launch event at any time if you have registered for the launch.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQL Contest – Identify the Database Celebrity – Win USD 100 Amazon Gift Card

Regular readers of this blog are familiar with NuoDB and their generous offers for SQLAuthority.com readers. I was just talking to them earlier and together we have come up with a very interesting contest for all of us.

This contest has two parts. Part 1 Identify Database Personality and in Part 2 You have to identify the size of the NuoDB installer. You have to answer both the questions to eligible to enter in the contest.

Part 1: Identify Database Celebrity

Personality 1 – He is known as the father of Relational Database

Personality 2 – He has received the Turing Award “for seminal contributions to database and transaction processing research and technical leadership in system implementation.”

Personality 3 – He invented the NuoDB Emergent Architecture, and developed the initial implementation of the product.

Part 2: Identify NuoDB Samples Database Names

Download NuoDB for Linux or Mac and install the software. Run the Quick Start sample app. Tell us what the four tables in the sample Hockey database are called. Download NuoDB Here.

Contest Details

The contest will be open till September 25th. The winner will be announced before September 30th. Remember there are only two gift cards each worth USD 100. All the valid entries will be hidden till September 25th. You must give correct answer to both the questions.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQL – Weekend Project – Watching Technically Seth Series – What is your plan for this weekend?

“What is your plan for this weekend?” I was recently asked by my fellow colleague.

I replied: “I have plan learn about Big Data and SQL from Technically Seth.”

“Technically Seth!” He replied, “Never heard of him.”

“Honestly even he has not heard of you.” I tried to look serious while making fun of him.

“Come on tell me more.”

“Dude!” (tried with fake Californian accent) I replied – “Even I am going to learn this weekend.”

“But who is Seth?” He asks impatiently.

I finally decided to stop annoying him and I replied “Seth is the CTO at NuoDB. He has nearly 20 years of experience, focusing on distributed computing, networking, security and other fun systems problems. Before NuoDB Seth worked for Nokia, and before that Sun Microsystems, tackling large-scale systems and understanding not just how to make technology scale, but to do it in such a way that users can scale with it.”

With sign of relief my colleague asked “Ahha.. okey well and what is Technically Seth series? Is it like he explains a complex subject of big data and scalability?”

“Actually you are very correct here. Technical Seth series is a very interesting to watch video series where he explains various concepts around Big Data and NuoDB. I am going to watch all the episodes this weekend.”

“May be I should.”

“You must”, I insisted.

“May be I will.”

“That’s better – you must!”

“Have a great weekend Pinal!”

“You too buddy – have a technically Seth Weekend!”


Well, that was a my conversation with fellow colleague. This weekend I am going to spend time with NuoDB and Technically Seth series. There are so much to learn in the world but there is so little time for the same. We are so busy with our daily routine we often ignore learning new technology. I encourage all of you watch Technical Seth Series as well as Download NuoDB. I am will be implementing various concepts which I will learn from Technically Seth series and will share them over here in coming weeks.

There are five episodes of the Technically Seth series so far.

  • Deployment Architecture
  • No Sharding
  • Low Latency & Geo-distribution
  • High Availability
  • Data Replication

Important Links – Webpage of Technically Seth Series and Download NuoDB.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQL Contest – Download NuoDB 1.2 to Win 20 Amazon Gift Cards

NuoDb have earlier released NuoDB 1.2 and I have been using it for an entire month and my favorite feature is their support to Stored Procedure. I am a big fan of stored procedures and their advantages. Nod 1.2 has received great response in the industry and it has emerged as a serious competitor to many of the NewSQL databases. To celebrate the success and reception in the industry. The kind folks at NuoDB have announced 20 Amazon Gift Card (each of USD 10).

To enter in the contest you just have to download NuoDB 1.2. Everybody who downloads NuoDB in the next 36 hours will be eligible in the contest.  At the end of 36th hour, 20 winners will be selected and sent USD 10 Amazon Gift Card. This contest is open everywhere in the world and there is no other restriction.

Here are the details about the latest release. I am pretty excited with their product and all the new features.

SQL Explorer improvements

  • The NuoDB Schema Definition for defining new schemas, tables, columns, and keys via  easy-to-use UI gestures;
  • Multi-line statements are now supported in the query window.

A unique take on stored procedures (preview) that allows users to:

  • Scale-out at high performance; internal testing on DBT-2 resulted in a 3X increase in an already high performance of 1Million+ transactions per second;
  • Run procedures on multiple hosts;
  • Support for high-level languages like Java, .NET and JavaScript.

Enhanced SQL functions to:

  • Aid the user in more easily understanding his/her data. NEED MORE FROM ENGINEERING ON MIN/MAX OR WHATEVER

You can read my earlier article describing the same over here. You can download NuoDB 1.2.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQL – NuoDB Releases 1.2 has Several SQL Enhancements

I have been following NuoDB for quite a while and the matter of the fact, I am very much impressed with the product. What impresses me that release cycle. Every 2-3 month they add some really new features to their products and make it more mature. When I was using NuoDB 1.0, I was thinking that they have finished the development of the product as it was very stable release and had pretty much most of the features which I was looking for. However, when I see the latest release of NuoDB 1.2, I can clearly see that they have indeed progressed a lot and have added features which some of the ancient database applications might have added after many years of the development of the product.

Here are the details about the latest release. I am pretty excited with their product and all the new features.

SQL Explorer improvements

  • The NuoDB Schema Definition for defining new schemas, tables, columns, and keys via  easy-to-use UI gestures;
  • Multi-line statements are now supported in the query window.

A unique take on stored procedures (preview) that allows users to:

  • Scale-out at high performance; internal testing on DBT-2 resulted in a 3X increase in an already high performance of 1Million+ transactions per second;
  • Run procedures on multiple hosts;
  • Support for high-level languages like Java, .NET and JavaScript.

Enhanced SQL functions to:

  • Aid the user in more easily understanding his/her data. NEED MORE FROM ENGINEERING ON MIN/MAX OR WHATEVER

Personally I was looking forward to Multi-line statements improvement very much eagerly as I think that feature was definitely required for mature product like NuoDb. In the real world we often need to run more than one line statements in our SQL Explorer for testing purpose and I am glad to see that it is now available in the query explorer for developers. Please note that this feature was for sure available when we were running code using application but was not there in SQL Explorer. I am delighted that the kind folks at NuoDB heard the feedback and immediately released the new version with this feature included. This demonstrates that how agile and customer oriented the organization is. Hats off to the team who took the feedback seriously and acted on it positively.

Call to Action

I have downloaded NuoDB earlier, if you haven’t experienced it so far the goodness of the product, I suggest you try it out today.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)