In Memory DB – Gemsoft

This post is by no means suitable for people to feed off of for technical resource on Inmemory DB or NoSQL, I am an Infrastructure Architect, not a DBA or Data Architect. However I do have usually quite a good idea about what goes on in the world of IT vendor acquisition and what the underlying business driver is for that relevant company who is buying the new tech.

Last week Springsource a division of VMware who are a division of EMC (Still with me?), recently acquired Gemsoft, when reading the jargon on how the core Gemsoft technology works I think its an excellent choice to go to market with. Gemsoft is an inmemory  DB that scales across multiple server nodes, with this having the goal of being able to start to remove dependency on the scale up RDBMS that so many Applications have today. And when you think about this what is one of the top barriers that get in the way within your datacentre when you want to Virtualise…..the RDBMS DB or more to the point should I say Oracle!

Oracle is One ISV that EMC/VMware really don’t get an opportunity to play nicely nicely with. As much as VMware hate to say it they really would love customers to have flexibility to run Oracle on a virtual machine with confidence (and I agree), and although I’m skeptical about some specialised DB Workload that are touted as being capable of being virtualised most DB workloads can be, when the business case is put together it falls short at how Oracle license there suite on virtualised environments. Gemsoft or a DB Caching layer may not completely mean you have to dump Oracle, it may mean that you can still use SQL if the application requires by stored conventional DB on disk and Gemsoft DBC driver connectivity, however it is inevitable that the goal is to completely ween off of DB’s like Oracle.

Licensing limitations are not the only barrier in the way of running Oracle applications/db on VMware, for those who were on the moon for the last 18 Months or so, Oracle bought Sun and several over companies who have Virtualisation technology within its portfolio. With the continual dominance that Oracle in the current marketplace has it will be only natural that Vmware begin to lose more and more market share due to Oracle portfolio technology being only supported on Oracle Virtual technology, so this I feel is a measure to stop the rot and is a dam fine way to start a pincer movement on Oracle and remove the monkey that is firmly on EMC and VMware’s back.

Consumer dependencies on the cloud

Based on the lack of blog posts over the last month you might have thought I was busy, and your right, i’ve gone through the stress of a house move, this post is based on Dan, the consumer who is moving house.

Being the technointernetaddictedcommunicationuber geek I am, the most important first thing on the To-Do list when moving was arranging transfer of existing Phone and Broadband connections. To start with I initialized migration of my phone line on April the 16th, (with me moving in on the 18th), when I arrived to my new property the BT line was already under use by the previous owner.

This ownership meant I had to be subjected to a wait of Two weeks to transfer the line and activate it for me, after waiting for the phone line I then had to request transfer of broadband to work on my new registered address which is hopefully going to be enabled on Monday. So this means its been nearly Three weeks without any form of communication to any of the services that are only and solely available with a phone line and copper or as some marketing divisions of technology providers like to call…the “cloud”!!!

Moving forward I kind of hope this situation improves, we have an emergence of technology that is building heavy reliance upon cloud based services, some of which have over the years had the roadmap visions of moving and operating your apps and data into a centralised Internet based cloud environmnt with nothing but a screen and internet connection in your home connecting to that.

I am sure processes that are required to move me to a new part of the provider Infrastructure is probably due to various antequeted business processes matched with an aging backbone network thats held together with loom and copper, however unfortunately without ubiquitous and seamless connectivity with Cloud services this type of length of effective outage will fail.

Whether communication methods such as IPTV and WIMAX can take off to support movement and fluidity between both your home and when you are out on the road when utilising such architectures is another question, however unless this improves in the next 2-3 years (which I suspect seeing as its been like this for 3-5 years it won’t) we probably are going to lack any serious development in such areas of technology for the consumer.