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Friday, January 19, 2018
In the previous article, we reviewed and summarized pitfalls of the query-driven data modeling methodology (a.k.a. denormalized data modeling) utilized in Apache Cassandra. Turns out that the methodology prevents us from developing efficient applications without insight into what our queries will be like. In reality, an application architecture under this scenario will get more complicated, less maintainable and prone to notable data duplication. Furthermore, it was discovered that the pitfalls are usually shielded with statements like "if you really want to be scalable, fast and highly-available then be ready to store duplicated data and sacrifice SQL along with strong consistency." That might have been true a decade ago but it's a total fable nowadays!
Director of product management, GridGain Systems
Friday, January 19, 2018 | Tom Diederich
Happy New Year, everyone! The folks here at GridGain are ready for a fantastic 2018. Here’s an update on what’s happening on the community front over the month or so.   But first, GridGain just named as a 2017 Red Herring Global 100 Winner! The Red Herring Top 100 awards highlight the most exciting startups from Asia, Europe and the Americas.   In other news, the Call for Speakers is now…
Friday, January 12, 2018 | Akmal B. Chaudhri
Apache Ignite supports a range of different Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). In this multi-part article series, we will take a more detailed look at how Apache Ignite manages transactions in its key-value API and some of the mechanisms and protocols it supports. Here are topics we will cover in this series: Ignite transactions and the two-phase commit protocol Concurrency modes and…
Monday, January 8, 2018 | Denis Magda
The world was rocked after the recent disclosure of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities that literally affect almost all software ever developed. Both issues are related to the way all modern CPUs are designed and this is why they have opened unprecedented security breaches -- making the software, including GridGain, vulnerable to hacker attacks. The vulnerabilities are registered…
Monday, January 8, 2018 | Tom Diederich
MySQL is a widely used open-source relational database management system (RDBMS) and is an excellent solution for many applications, including web-scale applications. However, its architecture has limitations when it comes to big data analytics. A closer look at the strengths and weaknesses of MySQL reveals several use cases where the RDBMS, powerful though it is, can benefit from some…
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 | Tom Diederich
My colleague Denis Magda, director of product management here at GridGain Systems, will be presenting a talk Jan. 17 on the architectural decisions behind distributed in-memory systems. The live webinar is free and you can participate by registering now to reserve your spot. The title of the webinar is, "Scale Out and Conquer: Architectural Decisions Behind Distributed In-Memory Systems." "…
Thursday, December 28, 2017 | Tom Diederich
GridGain’s technology evangelist, Akmal Chaudhri, is often away from his London home speaking at conferences and events like meetups. Part of that my fault: I work with meetup organizers around the world to arrange speaking engagements for him.   And I want him to be on the road even more in 2018! So please, if you are a meetup organizer (or even an interested member) and would like Akmal to…
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Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Denis Magda
Apache Cassandra has become an incredibly popular database for software architects and engineers. Many of us trust it for our applications’ data and, presently, there are thousands of deployments running this reputable NoSQL database. No doubt, Cassandra totally deserves its glory and reputation. The database simply does what it is expected from it -- unlimited scalability and high-availability…
Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Tom Diederich
The second-annual In-Memory Computing Summit Europe will take place June 25-26 in London, GridGain Systems, which organizes the event, announced today.   The Call for Papers is now open and ends March 11. Super-Saver registration discounts end April 22 and sponsorship opportunities are also now available. June’s conference will be held at the Park Plaza Victoria London.    The In-Memory…
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 | Akmal B. Chaudhri
This is the second in a two-part series on the use of Fast Data in Healthcare and how in-memory technologies, such as Apache® Ignite™, can meet the requirements and challenges of the Healthcare industry. Part 1 focused on identifying some of the key challenges in Healthcare. In Part 2, we will discuss a Healthcare case study and learn how Apache Ignite and GridGain solved a customer’s problem.…
Monday, December 18, 2017 | Tom Diederich
Last Wednesday we had another successful gathering of the Bay Area In-Memory Computing Meetup in Mountain View, California. (We’re always looking for a space to use in the Bay Area so please let me know if your company can host – and hopefully also have a speaker for us, too!).   As a co-organizer of this meetup, I’m always looking for speakers and other folks to volunteer as co-organizers. …
Friday, December 15, 2017 | Akmal B. Chaudhri
This is a two-part series on the use of Fast Data in Healthcare and how in-memory technologies, such as Apache Ignite, can meet the requirements and challenges of the Healthcare industry. In this first part, we will focus on identifying some of the key challenges in Healthcare and in the next part, we will discuss a Healthcare case study and learn how Apache Ignite and GridGain solved a customer’…
Monday, December 11, 2017 | Tom Diederich
As many of you know by now, GridGain experts love speaking at meetups. Especially when away from home – and usually when they are traveling to speak at a conference.   I was able to catch-up with Denis Magda last week in Austin, Texas. I live in nearby San Antonio... an easy drive. Denis, who is director of product management and Apache Ignite PMC chair, was there to speak at the KubeCon +…
Thursday, December 7, 2017 | Artem Schitow
Apache Ignite's new native persistence (released in late July with version 2.1) means that the open-source platform is much more than an in-memory data grid: It's a full-fledged distributed, scalable HTAP database with the ability to reliably store raw data that supports SQL, and processes information in real time. Apache Ignite Persistence Ignite Persistence is a new component of the…
Monday, December 4, 2017 | Tom Diederich
Tune-in Wednesday Dec. 6 and listen as GridGain technical evangelist Akmal Chaudhri discusses how Apache® Ignite™ is being used by drug discovery companies to identify potential therapies for complex diseases.   This one-hour webinar is free and begins at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern). Register here. It’s all about real-time access to massive amounts of data.    “Apache Ignite is…
Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Tom Diederich
December will be a busy month for GridGain experts around the world. They'll be speaking at conferences both large and small -- and when they're in town (wherever that might be) they are always happy to speak at local meetups about distributed systems, in-memory computing and much more.  Several GridGain experts are in Las Vegas this week at AWS re:INVENT 2017 (booth #1141). There are more than…