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2014 Hadoop Summit Summary

Last week I was at the 2014 Hadoop Summit in San Jose, trying to keep abreast of the ever-changing Apache landscape: what projects are up-and-coming, what projects are ready for production, and most importantly which projects can solve problems for our clients. It was also a great chance to hear about real, production deployments –…

A Look Back on SREcon14

The landscape of the Systems Administration industry is shifting. As the trend continues towards Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and other *aaS offerings, the traditional role of systems administrations is being challenged. While this traditional model will remain (well beyond its expiration date) in large enterprises who have invested heavily…

Expanding the Couchbase Collector for Diamond

The code For the impatient ones, the couchbase collector can be found in github: Couchbase Collector Follow the instructions in the README file to get it installed under your diamond! Intro If you have been involved with metric collections at any point you may have heard of BrightCove’s Diamond. Diamond is literally a little piece…

Pythian Named 2014 Global Outsourcing 100 Rising Star

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Pythian has once again been named a 2014 Global Outsourcing 100® Rising Star by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals® (IAOP®). The list is an annual ranking of the world’s best outsourcing service providers and highlights on-the-rise companies in the outsourcing space. “As companies continue to accumulate more data than ever before, IT teams struggle…

List of SQL Server Databases in an Availability Group

After migrating some databases to SQL Server 2012 and creating Availability Groups for some databases, we have noticed that some of our maintenance scripts were failing with the following error: The target database (‘MyDB1′) is in an availability group and is currently accessible for connections when the application intent is set to read only. For…

Life at Pythian as a MySQL DBA

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Several people have asked me in the last year what it is like to work for Pythian. There are many reasons for a question like this, depending on who is asking. Some people are concerned about the fact I am working for a Canadian-based company. This typically comes from some of my xenophobic North American…

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