Oracle is adding new features to the Oracle Blockchain Platform, making it easier for developers to integrate their blockchain applications with existing business and IT systems. About seven months after the platform became generally available, Oracle is also highlighting new customers using the nascent technology. A blockchain, the technology behind the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, is a shared, distributed ledger that can store complete transaction histories. It has a variety of use cases for enterprises that want to rely on tamper-proof transactions to create new revenue streams or improve business operations. Oracle's platform makes blockchain technology available as a service. Some of the platform's new features are aimed at letting businesses and developers use their existing skills to build and manage their applications. For instance, it features an enhanced world state database to support standard SQL-based ledger queries. This lets developers build chaincode with common programming … [Read more...] about Oracle adds new devOps capabilities to blockchain platform
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Video: What's new in the graph database world? Here's a quick recapGraph database company Neo4j wants to move beyond providing only its graph database, and is working on what it calls a 'graph platform' to help companies make the most of their data. ZDNet recently caught up Neo4j CEO Emil Eifrem to find out more.ZDNet: Could you talk me through the new native graph platform?Emil Eifrem: We have been at this for a while. We coined the term "graph database" when dinosaurs ruled the earth. We defined it. We've given it meaning. We've taught the world about its core benefits, about its top use cases, all those good things. We are rapidly becoming this kind of default backend for a wide variety of horizontal, and very valuable use cases.Now we talk to customers all the time and we saw a pattern emerge where, very frequently, our customers were building out a very similar architecture where our technology was usually deployed in isolation. This came as a great surprise to us. We live … [Read more...] about Neo4j looks beyond the graph database
The in-memory database technology trumpeted by Oracle last September will not only be available in 60 days but the software giant says it could outstrip all its rivals within 12 months. Oracle's Database In-Memory option, like longer-standing competitor products such as SAP's HANA, is designed to speed up workloads driven by analytics with the capacity to cope with billions of data values per second. Unlike rival products, which either require changes to applications or limit database functionality, the new Oracle technology is transparent to existing applications that use the company's database technology, according to Oracle vice president of product management Tim Shetler. "One of the reasons we felt it was really important to make this option transparent to the existing applications that run on the Oracle databases was because there are today over 300,000 organisations worldwide that use the Oracle database," he said. "Just because of that, we expect there will be, at least in … [Read more...] about Oracle’s in-memory option aims to beat the rest within 12 months
Read this MongoDB chief: Why the clock's ticking for relational databases Even though it may be the wrong tool for the job, the years of development behind the relational database ensure its popularity — for the moment, says MongoDB's Max Schireson. Read More Earlier this year, analyst firm Gartner came up with a name for a category of hybrid processing that it believes will cause upheaval in established architectures. The concept of HTAP — or hybrid transaction/analytical processing — has been around since the early days of computing. But only relatively recently have new architectures and in-memory technologies made it possible to run transactions and analytics on the same database. Gartner reckons HTAP addresses four major drawbacks of traditional approaches. First, for analytics in HTAP, data doesn't have to move from operational databases to data warehouses. Secondly, transactional data is readily available for analytics when created and, thirdly, … [Read more...] about SQL and NoSQL? Fine, but how does the hybrid database fit in?
Over the weekend, Oracle scooped up StackEngine, a small Austin-based start-up that focuses on DevOps automation around Docker containers. Why is a minor Oracle acquisition of a company with only five employees important? It is the tech giant's first meaningful step toward imbuing its public cloud infrastructure with native application container support. Oracle confirmed it signed and closed an agreement on Friday to acquire StackEngine. The total deal's value was not disclosed but SEC filing documents indicate the company paid $1.3 million for StackEngine employee stock options and equity—and that all of StackEngine's employees will be absorbed into Oracle's Public Cloud team. Founded in 2014, StackEngine has raised a total of $4.5 million over two funding rounds. The start-up was focused on layering enterprise-grade management capabilities atop a Docker infrastructure, primarily rooted in automating the container deployment and scaling process to make … [Read more...] about Oracle Jumps on the Docker Train