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Hard Drive: Inner or Outer?

To be precise, I wonder if OUTERmost tracks of a spinning HDD are faster than INNERmost tracks. Should we put physical IO performance secretive data to OUTERmost parts of  the disk and less critical data to INNERmost parts as several vendors suggests? Well I couldn’t find a better solution than grabbing all HDDs I have and start testing :)

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…

Insights from the PgCon 2013

PgCon 2013 was attended by 256 people across the globe.  Attendees had the opportunity to enjoy tutorials, talks and an excellent unconference (this last deserves a special mention). I lectured a talk related with Full text search using Sphinx and Postgres (you can find the slides at http://t.co/lgFoLq37EC, and all of the talks have been…

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