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Buck Woody

Data Science Laboratory System - Distributed File Databases

Distributed File Databases manage large amounts of unstructured or semi-structured data. They are designed on the principle of splitting up the data into multiple locations, and then placing the code that processes each fragment close, or directly on, that location. Buck Woody shows how to install Hadoop in your Data Science lab to experiment with an example of the breed. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Private Cloud, What Is It and Why Do You Need It?

Even where organisations cannot make full use of public cloud for reasons of security or because of bandwidth limitations, many of the advantages of flexibility and rapid deployment can be made by providing a private cloud where the IT department manages the service but allows users to use the resources as their requirements change. Could Private Clouds provide a new paradigm for enterprises, irrespective of the public cloud? Read more...

Mike Wood

Automating the Retrieval of SQL Backups from Windows Azure BLOB Storage

If your database server is in Azure, then it makes sense to do backups into Azure too. SQL Server 2014 supports backups to the cloud, and particularly well with Managed Backup. Once your backups are safely in an Azure BLOB, then what? Mike Wood takes up the story. Read more...

Buck Woody

Data Science Laboratory System – Object-Oriented Databases

Object-Oriented Databases (OOD) avoid the object-relational impedence mismatch altogether by tightly integrating into the user-level OOP code to the extent that they are simply an engine that ships with the code itself. The developer is able to instantiate OOD objects directly into the code. Buck Woody explores the Object-Oriented breed of database in his Data Science lab. Read more...

Mike Wood

An Introduction to Windows Azure Service Bus Brokered Messaging

As applications grow, a message queue system soon becomes the best way of achieving scalability. It is an obvious candidate for a cloud-based service, and Azure's Service Bus Brokered Messaging service is a robust and well-tried product. Mike Wood provides enough in this article to get you started. Read more...

Buck Woody

Data Science Laboratory System – Graph Databases

Graph database are an intriguing alternative to the relational model. They apply graph theory to record the relationships between entries more naturally, and are a good fit for a range of data tasks that are difficult in SQL. Buck Woody gives an introduction to Graph databases and shows how to get Neo4J up and running to get familiar with the technology. Read more...

Simple-Talk Editorial Team

Tales from a Cloud Software Firm

Following on from a discussion about how people are using the cloud, the Simple-Talk Editorial Team sat down with the CTO of 10th Magnitude to talk about how they deliver Cloud software and services for their clients using agile methodology, and Azure. Read more...

Gareth Marlow

Cloud Services for the DBA

A critical part of any DBA's role is implementing the systems that will improve in the long term their organization's guardianship, use and understanding of its data. Too often, however, this gets lost in the fog of immediate and urgent tasks. Gareth Marlow explains why he believes Cloud services will play an increasingly prominent role in helping DBAs achieve their strategic goals. Read more...

Mike Wood

An Introduction to Windows Azure Table Storage

Windows Azure Tables are intended for the storage of large amounts of schemaless data. Tables are just containers of rows of data. Mike Wood describes the practicalities of getting started with using the system. Read more...

Mike Wood

Windows Azure Management Certificates

Although Windows Azure can be used from the portal, it comes into its own once provisioning, deployments and maintenance can be automated or undertaken with specialized tools. To reach this stage, you need to understand Windows Azure Management Certificates. Mike Wood brings all this information into one article and guides you through the process. Read more...

Anton Staykov

A Look into Windows Azure Media Services

Windows Azure Media Services provides a fully-featured media management platform for Video-On-Demand solutions. Anton Staykov provides a first look at the benefits of this platform, some of the terms you should be familiar with, and how to get started. Read more...

Buck Woody

Data Science Laboratory System – Document Store Databases

A Document Store Database (DSD) is similar to a Relational Database Management system with the exceptions that a DSD allows for unstructured data and sharding a single database across multiple machines. So when or why would you choose a document database over a relational one? Buck Woody has the answer and an example using the DSD MongoDB on his lab system. Read more...

Tony Davis

Backup to the Cloud: The Silver Lining

Offsite backups are vital to data integrity, allowing for preservation and backup of data in catastrophic circumstances. Cloud backups have been around for a while, but are now really coming into their own. Tony Davis looks at how to get set up with cloud backups for restores and disaster recovery. Read more...

Mike Wood

The Operating Systems of Windows Azure

It is wrong to assume that moving to a managed cloud platform means never having to be concerned with upgrades to the operating system: It is important to be aware of how these updates are applied, and how they can affect the availability and maintainability of your cloud-based applications Read more...

Buck Woody

Data Science Laboratory System - Key/Value Pair Systems

Though the Key/Value pair paradigm is common to almost every computer language, there is no clear agreement yet for the definition of a Key/Value Pair database. However, Key/Value pair databases are valuable for special applications where speed of writing data is more important than searching and general versatility. It is certainly worth experimenting with in a data science lab. Read more...

Mike Wood

An Introduction to Windows Azure BLOB Storage

Azure BLOB storage is persistent Cloud data storage that serves a variety of purposes. Mike Wood shows the basics of how to use it, from start through to snapshots and metadata; both from .NET, and by using the free tool, Cerebrata Azure Explorer. Read more...

Buck Woody

Data Science Laboratory System - Relational Database Management Systems

There is no better way of understanding new data processing, retrieval, analysis or visualising techniques than actually trying things out in a lab system. Buck Woody continues his series by explaining why an RDBMS is essential for a lab, what that is, and how to install SQL Server into the lab. Read more...

David Poole

Big Data: Are We Looking at the Wrong "V"s?

For once, business people are excited about the importance of data and are interested in the business benefits of extracting insights from the data. Perhaps this is more of a cultural rather a technical initiative, and so we in the data industry should participate by redefining the concept of the three Vs to reflect business values rather than technical challenges. Read more...

Feodor Georgiev

Backups as a Cloud Service - an Alternative View

In most databases, very small percentage of data changes between SQL Server backups. We tolerate this because it keeps things simple, and we have grown used to cheap storage and fast networks. To exploit the value of Cloud services, should we be rethinking this in favour of backup strategies that optimise resilience and minimise downtime? Read more...

Feodor Georgiev

Uploading Data to Windows Azure SQL Database

One way of getting the advantages of the Cloud without having to migrate the entire database is to just maintain a copy of the data that needs to be accessible to internet-based users in Windows Azure SQL Database. There are various ways of keeping the two in sync, and Feodor describes a solution based in using SSIS Read more...

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