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November 2020

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Trends and Applications

Videos of presentations from Data Summit Connect Fall 2020, a 3-day series of data management and analytics webinars presented last week by DBTA and Big Data Quarterly, are now available for on-demand viewing on the DBTA YouTube channel. Use this opportunity to take another look, catch up on a session you missed, or share with a colleague!

The prospect of managing data across the data center and public cloud platforms can be daunting to enterprises. There are concerns about hybrid latency affecting analytic workloads and many companies can't store data in a public cloud due to a variety of legal and regulatory concerns. However, the cloud offers flexibility, elasticity, and scalability benefits that are hard to beat, making migration of at least some workloads highly desirable. Recently, Haoyuan Li, founder, chairman, and CEO at Alluxio, Inc., shared his views on what's at stake now and how organizations can overcome hybrid and multi-cloud challenges to take advantage of cloud migration for cost benefits and agility.

Now more than ever, a strong data strategy is essential to every enterprise's success. As many leaders have realized, a large part of this responsibility requires them to implement new strategies that empower citizen and specialist users with self-service capabilities. To make this possible and accelerate digital transformation, enterprises need to adopt a modern data platform and approach.

Mullins Consulting's Craig Mullins discusses the current crop of DBMSs, how organizations are using them, and how they factor into the changing requirements of DBAs in this clip from Data Summit Connect Fall 2020.

Columns - Database Elaborations

Data modeling has an intimate relationship with abbreviations. Since the creation of the very first data model, there were circumstances where fully worded names for tables or columns were simply too long to implement within one tool or another. Occasionally one runs into an individual who cannot conceive that anyone on the planet would abbreviate something in a different fashion than they do; but more often data modelers tend to enjoy consistency, and when possible, employ rules to support consistent outcomes. Abbreviations are no exception.

Columns - DBA Corner

Data gravity is the concept that data remains where it is and applications and services (and even more data) are attracted to and use that data. Moving data can be a tricky, time-consuming, and complex process, even on-prem. Now add in the movement of large quantities of enterprise data through the internet to a cloud service provider. Anyone who has managed or used big data, or even moderately large data, will immediately understand the problem.

Columns - SQL Server Drill Down

Many organizations are building their new applications on Linux rather than the Windows operating system for reasons of security, performance, and manageability. In addition, they are now able to take advantage of avoiding mixed operating system environments in the public cloud. Many of these customers have been longtime Linux users—and although they loved SQL Server, they disliked having to run SQL Server on Windows since they were the only Windows servers in their entire enterprise.

Columns - MongoDB Matters

Since the very inception of MongoDB, Eliot Horowitz, MongoDB's CTO and co-founder, has been a consistent and articulate owner of the MongoDB technical vision and the apparent creative force behind MongoDB's architecture and feature set. In appointing replacement CTO Mark Porter, MongoDB has chosen someone with a high degree of "geek cred" that will hopefully satisfy developers who want to hear from someone who can speak their language. However, he also brings experience from the enterprise database and cloud world that will undoubtedly be useful.

MV Community

Zumasys is enhancing its MultiValue database, OpenQM, with a mix of updates driven by its user community. OpenQM 4.0 introduces Data Integrity Constraints, a community-driven feature and the winning idea from the Zumasys MultiValue Idea Contest.

Revelation Software is making a variety of enhancements to its OpenInsight platform, driven by customer requests for more mobile and remote work environments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers have also been reaching out to Revelation to upgrade to the latest version of the OpenInsight platform.

Rocket Software has added a new way for users, customers, and enthusiasts to engage with Rocket MultiValue experts and peers with their recent launch of the official Rocket Forum. "We are very early days, but we are proud of where we are right now," said Jeff Winter, SVP, chief marketing officer, Rocket Software. "Customer centricity is one of the two big pillars here at Rocket."