Business Insights
Business Insights

You work for a software company. You don’t? Think again.

September 1, 2015

No matter your industry, you must continually innovate and differentiate with software. Smart companies think like startups and use software to stay ahead.

Are you ready to be a private cloud service provider?

August 20, 2015

When defining what a cloud service is, we need to know that it is not a technology per se, but its an architectural and operational paradigm. It is a self-service computing environment offering the ability to create, consume, and pay for services….

Why Move to Cassandra?

July 30, 2015

Have you asked yourself, “why move to Cassandra?”. Pythian expert, Carlos Rolo, provides an analysis of why you should be the next one to move to Cassandra.

DevOps: Applied Empathy

July 20, 2015

Aaron Lee assesses the human side of motivations in business and how this impacts the success in programs of change. Find out how DevOps can help.

Pythian Introduces Cassandra Consulting & Operational Support

July 7, 2015

Pythian now offers new services to address the needs of customers considering or deploying Apache Cassandra. Find out how we can help you with Cassandra.

Ever Wondered How Pythian is Kind of Like a Fire Truck?

April 14, 2015

This blog provides an analogy between two industries that depend on reliability and time-sensitivity. This is how Pythian strives to love your data.

Cassandra 101 : Understanding What Cassandra Is

March 16, 2015

Want to understand the basics of Cassandra and how it works? Pythian data expert Rene Antunez explains…

Watch: Hadoop vs. HBase

December 8, 2014

Every data platform has its value, and deciding which one will work best for your big data objectives can be tricky—Alex Gorbachev, Oracle ACE Director, Cloudera Champion of Big Data, and Chief Technology Officer at Pythian, has recorded a series…

Watch: Hadoop vs. Cassandra

December 1, 2014

Every data platform has its value, and deciding which one will work best for your big data objectives can be tricky—Alex Gorbachev, Oracle ACE Director, Cloudera Champion of Big Data, and Chief Technology Officer at Pythian, has recorded a series…

Watch: Hadoop vs. Oracle Exadata

November 24, 2014

Every data platform has its value, and deciding which one will work best for your big data objectives can be tricky—Alex Gorbachev, Oracle ACE Director, Cloudera Champion of Big Data, and Chief Technology Officer at Pythian, has recorded a series…

Watch: The Most Underrated Features of SQL Server 2014 — Part 3

November 7, 2014

Since its release back in April, SQL Server experts across the globe are becoming familiar with the top features in Microsoft SQL Server 2014—the In-Memory OLTP engine, the AlwaysOn enhancements, and more. But we couldn’t help but notice that there…

Watch: The Most Underrated Features of SQL Server 2014 — Part 2

November 5, 2014

Since its release back in April, SQL Server experts across the globe are becoming familiar with the top features in Microsoft SQL Server 2014—the In-Memory OLTP engine, the AlwaysOn enhancements, and more. But we couldn’t help but notice that there…

Watch: The Most Underrated Features of SQL Server 2014 — Part 1

November 3, 2014

Since its release back in April, SQL Server experts across the globe are becoming familiar with the top features in Microsoft SQL Server 2014—the In-Memory OLTP engine, the AlwaysOn enhancements, and more. But we couldn’t help but notice that there…

NZOUG14 Beckons

October 17, 2014

New Zealand is famous for Kiwis, pristine landscape, and the New Zealand Oracle User Group (NZOUG) conference.  The location of choice is New Zealand when it comes to making Lord of the Rings and making Oracle Lord of the Databases.

Microsoft Hadoop: Taming the Big Challenge of Big Data – Part Three

October 6, 2014

Today’s blog post completes our three-part series with excerpts from our latest white paper, Microsoft Hadoop: Taming the Big Challenge of Big Data. In the first two posts, we discussed the impact of big data on today’s organizations, and its challenges….

Microsoft Hadoop: Taming the Big Challenge of Big Data – Part Two

October 2, 2014

Today’s blog post is the second in a three-part series with excerpts from our latest white paper, Microsoft Hadoop: Taming the Big Challenge of Big Data. In our first blog post, we revealed just how much data is being generated globally every minute…

Microsoft Hadoop: Taming the Big Challenge of Big Data – Part One

September 30, 2014

Today’s blog post is the first in a three-part series with excerpts from our latest white paper, Microsoft Hadoop: Taming the Big Challenge of Big Data. As companies increasingly rely on big data to steer decisions, they also find themselves looking for ways…

Pythian Acquires Blackbird.io

June 28, 2014

Today, we officially announced the fact that Blackbird.io has been acquired by Pythian. I first met its founder, Paul Vallee, in 2007. Paul reached out to me about joining Pythian to found a San Francisco presence. At the time, I…

Paul Vallée’s Interview with Oracle Profit Magazine

April 10, 2014

Aaron Lazenby, Editor at Oracle’s Profit Magazine interviewed Pythian Founder, Paul Vallée this week to discuss the growing risk of internal threats to IT. “What we need to create is complete accountability for everything that happens around a data center,…

4 Things Every CMO Should Do Before Approaching IT About Big Data

April 8, 2014

Read the full article, 4 Things Every CMO Should Do Before Approaching IT About Big Data.   “You’ve likely heard the whispers (or shouts) about Big Data’s potential, how it’s the holy grail of marketing—and it can be. But to…

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Technical Track
Technical Track

Amazon RDS Migration Tool

September 2, 2015

Amazon has just released their RDS Migration Tool, and Pythian has recently undertaken training to use for our clients. I wanted to share my initial thoughts on the tool, give some background on its internals, and provide a walk-through on the functionality it will be most commonly used for.

asmcmd> a better “du”

August 28, 2015

I discovered ASM with a 10.1.0.3 RAC running on Linux Itanium and that was a big adventure. At this time there was no asmcmd. In 2005, Oracle released Oracle 10gR2 and asmcmd came into the place and we figured out…

Simplify Oracle Tracing with Creative Scripting

August 28, 2015

Running a SQL trace is something that all DBAs do to varying degrees. Let’s say you are working on optimizing a SQL statement, and experimenting with some different hints for indexes and optimizer directives. This kind of effort typically goes…

Pillars of PowerShell: SQL Server – Part 2

August 28, 2015

Introduction This is the seventh and final post in the series on the Pillars of PowerShell. The previous posts in the series are: Interacting Commanding Debugging Profiling Windows OS SQL Server – Part 1 In this final post I am going to…

Migration of Oracle Database to Amazon RDS using Golden Gate

August 28, 2015

Amazon RDS is a web service used to manage databases, like Oracle, in the cloud. Small- and medium-sized enterprises with databases of normal load, volume, and SLA, can certainly leverage the ease and cost efficiency Amazon RDS offers. There are…

Three Hidden Azure SQL Database Gotchas

August 28, 2015

Azure SQL Database is Microsoft’s Database as a Service (DBaaS) platform offering. It allows end users to leverage the power of SQL Server in the cloud without the expense and complexity of building a private infrastructure. Additionally, this offering simplifies…

Creating an Oracle Database Cloud Service

August 28, 2015

Back in late June of 2015, Larry Ellison launched several public cloud services and one of those services was the public DBaaS. Today, I had the opportunity to try out this new service. This blog post will examine how to…

Log Buffer #438: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

August 28, 2015

This Log Buffer Edition covers Oracle, MySQL, and SQL Server blog posts from the last week.

Log Buffer #437: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

August 28, 2015

This Log Buffer Edition goes out deep into the vistas of database world and brings out few of the good ones published during the week from Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL.

Are you ready to be a private cloud service provider?

August 20, 2015

When defining what a cloud service is, we need to know that it is not a technology per se, but its an architectural and operational paradigm. It is a self-service computing environment offering the ability to create, consume, and pay for services….

Git for Beginners

August 20, 2015

git, simplified Perhaps you’ve come across a great cache of publicly available SQL scripts that would be very useful in monitoring your databases, and these scripts are hosted on github.  Getting those scripts is as simple as clicking the Download…

Difference Between Oracle’s Table and Mongo’s Collection

August 20, 2015

Roughly speaking, the notion of ‘Tables’ in Oracle is similar to MongoDB’s ‘Collections’. They are NOT identical though. Before we examine the differences between Oracle’s Table and MongoDB’s Collection, let’s see what Table in Oracle and Collection in MongoDB are.

Log Buffer #436: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

August 14, 2015

This Log Buffer Edition covers the top blog posts of the week from the Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL arenas.

Thoughts on Google Cloud Dataflow

August 13, 2015

Google Cloud Dataflow is a data processing tool developed by Google that runs in the cloud. Dataflow is an easy to use, flexible tool that delivers completely automated scaling. It is deeply tied to the Google cloud infrastructure, making it…

Mongostat – A Nifty Tool for Mongo DBAs

August 7, 2015

One of the main MongoDB DBA’s task is to monitor the usage of MongoDB system and it’s load distribution. This could be needed for proactive monitoring, troubleshooting during performance degradation, root cause analysis, or capacity planning. Mongostat is a nifty…

Log Buffer #435: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

August 7, 2015

Sun of database technologies is shining through the cloud technology. Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL and various other databases are bringing forth some nifty offerings and this Log Buffer Edition covers some of them.

Partitioning in Hive Tables

August 7, 2015

Partitioning a large table is general practice for a few reasons: Improving query efficiency by avoiding to transfer and process unnecessary data. Improving data lineage by isolating batches of ingestion, so if a ingestion batch failed for some reason and…

Log Buffer #434: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

July 31, 2015

This Log Buffer Edition throws spotlight on some of the salient blog posts from Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.

Power BI General Availability

July 28, 2015

In the last months I’ve been keeping an eye on the Power BI Preview, the new version of the Power BI cloud solution that was completely revamped compared to the first Power BI v1. This last Friday, July 24th, Power BI…

Log Buffer #433: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

July 24, 2015

This Log Buffer Edition covers Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL blogs of the running week.

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Pythian Life
Pythian Life

Trust and confidence from Pythian

August 28, 2015

Recently I “inherited” some new responsibilities at work. It’s not the first time during my 11 or so of the last 16 years at Pythian. Throughout my employ at Pythian, I have been continually given new titles based on new…

So, What Kind of Person Are You?

July 6, 2015

It’s my not-so-humble opinion that it takes a special kind of ‘someone’ to work in a successful and innovative collective such as Pythian.  We’re a diverse team of thought-leaders, technology forecasters, technical prodigies and individual contributors.  When we look for…

My Co-op Experience at Pythian

March 20, 2015

Unlike most other engineering physics students at Carleton who prefer to remain within the limits of engineering, I had chosen to apply for a software developer co-op position at Pythian in 2014. For those of you who do not know much about the…

What it’s Like to Intern at Pythian

December 30, 2014

About eight months ago I started working as a Global Talent Acquisition Intern here at Pythian. It was my first co-op work placement, and my first experience in a professional work setting. I had never done anything like it before and…

Welcome to Blackbird.io Employees and Clients

June 26, 2014

Today, we announced that Pythian has entered into an agreement to acquire Blackbird.io, itself the result of a recent merger between PalominoDB and DriveDev. I want to start with a hearty welcome to the 40+ new esteemed collaborators joining our…

The 5 Worst Things About Working at Pythian

March 13, 2014

Have you ever seen an employee post negatively about their company using his or her real name? If not, then you are about to for the first time — you can count that as number 1 out of the 5 worst…

My first week at Pythian

January 13, 2014

“You are lucky,” the taxi driver told me when he picked me up at the Ottawa Airport. “It began snowing right after your flight landed.” I personally like snow — just like the Chinese saying, “heavy snow brings heavy harvest”….

Pythian’s Third Annual Geek Pride Day

May 24, 2013

The day has arrived, and it’s probably one of our favorite days at Pythian – Geek Pride Day! Since May 25 (the “official” day according to Wikipedia) falls on Saturday, we celebrated it a day early so everyone could participate….

My First 6 Months Working at Pythian

May 1, 2013

“What have I gotten myself into?” ran through my head during the first week of training at Pythian. The environment was great, the people were great, and the work was great, but many doubts ran through my head as I…

The Pythian Chalkboard Wall Comes Together

March 21, 2013

My Pythian Volunteer Day: Blood Donation

March 12, 2013

Every employee at Pythian can use one workday per year to spend on activities to help the community. We call it a Pythian Volunteer Day. It’s up to the employee to decide what to use if for and when. This year I used my volunteer day to donate blood and this post is a short story about my experience.

First Days as a Pythianite

March 11, 2013

What is like to work at Pythian? These are my observations based on my first days as a Pythianite.

5 Tips for Career Success at Pythian

March 4, 2013

In homage to my three month anniversary at Pythian, I’ve comprised the following list of five tips for anyone who is considering a future within our corporation.

When You Volunteer, Who Really Wins?

February 5, 2013

The Pythian Volunteer Day Program allows us to give back, but in the end it is the volunteer who receives the most from investing a little time in the community

Working at Pythian

January 16, 2013

The 2012 Recruitment Awards

October 1, 2012

Exciting news: Pythian’s Recruitment Team has been nominated for The 2012 Recruitment Awards! We are a finalists out of 12 nominations and in order to win, we need all of you to vote for our team! No Registration is required, just go to and click “I’m Ready to Vote”:

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