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12c Multi-tenant Environment and DBRM for Container Database

In multi-tenant environment, Database Resource Manager (DBRM), at the Container Database (CDB) level enables us to manage the resources like CPU usage and number of parallel execution servers among the plugabble databases (PDBs). Then within each PDB, DBRM enables us to manage resources like CPU, parallelism and managing the runaway queries which exceed the certain…

Metrics in Cassandra – Lightning Talk

Blackbird’s own Chris Lohfink was on-hand at the Minneapolis Cassandra Meetup, on May 5th, to give a lightning talk introducing Cassandra’s thread pool metrics. Monitoring Cassandra clusters can be a monumental task, but Chris’s overview provides a nice start to understanding, and ultimately capturing the right metrics to provide insight into the health of a…

Dream DBA

When I was 6 I dreamed about dinosaurs – the bigger ones, like the T-Rex. I loved them. As I reached 16, I dreamed about the girl next door, and everything else was simply invisible. When I was 26, I was already a DBA of few years, going through the final years of being a…

What to Consider When Selecting a Data Service Provider

Today’s blog post completes our series dedicated to data infrastructure outsourcing, with excerpts from our latest white paper. In the first two posts, we discussed the growing trend toward data outsourcing, and conducted a high level analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the three sourcing options. To protect the wellness of an organization’s data…

Advanced Search with Sphinx and MySQL

Vlad Fedorkov and the creator of Sphinx Search speaking at Percona Live 2014. They cover the basics of Sphinx, as well as faceted search, auto-correction, searching with ranges, geo spatial search, non-full-text search (filtering, grouping, sorting), and about some of Sphinx’s full-text search operators (ie. field-limit operator and quorum operator). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ybnxq149hA A talk at Percona…

Blackbird at Percona Live – Scaling MySQL in AWS

Laine explains the options for running MySQL at high volumes at Amazon Web Services, exploring options around database as a service, hosted instances/storages and all appropriate availability, performance and provisioning considerations using real-world examples from Call of Duty, Obama for America and many more. Laine will show how to build highly available, manageable and performant…

Blackbird TechTalks v2.0 – Eddie Garcia

In April, we welcomed Eddie Garcia, the VP of Information Security and ex-Architect at Gazzang.com to join us for a chat about Cassandra. In this talk, he starts the discussion with the AWS configurations he’s seen perform best in real life for running Cassandra. There are a lot of choices you can make when spinning…

Watch: Hadoop in the Cloud

The Pythian team has received many questions about big data in the cloud, and specifically about Hadoop. Pythian CTO, Alex Gorbachev shares some of his recommendations in our latest video:

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