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A Most Simple Cloud: Is Amazon RDS for Oracle Right for You?

Amazon Web Services has offered Relational Database Service as part of their cloud offering since 2011.  These days, RDS provides easy to deploy, on-demand database-as-a-service for MySQL, Oracle, and SQL Server.  When you compare it to essentially any other method of hosting and licensing Oracle, RDS seems to have a variety of really appealing qualities. With…

Thoughts on Intel’s Hadoop Distribution

When I heard that Intel announced their own Hadoop distribution, my first thought was “Why would they do that?”. This blog post is an attempt to explore why anyone would need their own Hadoop distribution, what Intel can gain by having their own and who is likely to adopt Intel’s distribution. Why does anyone need…

My Pro-Tips for YAPC First-Comers

Woe, woe is me. After two years of YAPC, meddling circumstances force me to skip attendance this year. Still, I am extremely pleased to know that Pythian is still sending one of our young Padawans into the fray. Yesterday, he was asking me if I had any tips, survival strategies, or any words of wisdom…

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