DB Weekly
Issue 53 — March 27, 2015
Supported by
Radek Ostrowski
A good and reasonably broad overview of what Spark is (a fast engine for large-scale data processing) and the why and how of its use.

Apple acquisitions are always interesting to see, but especially when it’s for a company producing an innovative NoSQL solution. (It was the database that famously boasted of a benchmark hitting 14 million random writes per second.)

Mpumelelo Msimanga
Databases don’t care how your SQL ‘looks’ as long as it’s valid, but formatting it in certain ways can make it easier for humans to work with.

Rackspace   Sponsored
With the cloud landscape continuing to mature, we see the cloud market bifurcating into two segments. The first segment is unmanaged infrastructure that we know today as IaaS. The other segment is cloud that includes managed services, also known as managed cloud. Learn more as to what the differences are between the two.


Vitess is a storage platform for scaling MySQL that combines important MySQL features with the scalability of a NoSQL database. Google uses it within YouTube’s infrastructure.

Toby Hede presents a whirlwind tour of a variety of database technologies and systems.

Jon Bakke of MarkLogic lists his top 5 predictions for NoSQL in 2015, including NoSQL eclipsing Hadoop and a decline in funding for open source solutions.


  • Database Administrator (Blacksburg, VA)Rackspace is seeking a Senior Database Administrator in our Blacksburg, VA office. The Senior DBA will be responsible for maintaining the company’s database systems (currently MS SQL Server) including back-up, performance tuning, capacity planning, monitoring critical events and documentation. Learn More.
  • Customer Data EngineerRackspace is seeking a Customer Data Engineer. To do this successfully you’ll be switching hats often, from Systems Administrator resolving a configuration problem on a machine, to DBA digging into production databases to identify issues, to Software Developer troubleshooting customer code. You’ll have the opportunity to work with a broad range of technologies – MongoDB, MySQL, Redis, and Hadoop in particular. Apply here.

In brief