Oct
26
2016
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Percona Poll: What Database Technologies Are You Using?

Database Technologies

Database TechnologiesTake Percona’s poll on what database technologies you use in your environment.

Different databases get designed for different scenarios. Using one database technology for every situation doesn’t make sense, and can lead to non-optimal solutions for common issues. Big data and IoT applications, high availability, secure backups, security, cloud vs. on-premises deployment: each have a set of requirements that might need a special technology. Relational, document-based, key-value, graphical, column family – there are many options for many problems. More and more, database environments combine more than one solution to address the various needs of an enterprise or application (known as polyglot persistence).

Please take a few seconds and answer the following poll on database technologies. Which are you using? Help the community learn what technologies critical database environments employ. Please select from one to six technologies as they apply to your environment.

If you’re using other solutions or have specific issues, feel free to comment below. We’ll post a follow-up blog with the results!

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.

 

Oct
26
2016
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Percona Live Open Source Database Conference 2017: Submit Papers ASAP!

Percona Live 2017

Percona Live 2017The Percona Live Open Source Database Conference 2017 call for papers is closing soon! Get in your submissions ASAP!

After this past sold-out Percona Live Europe in Amsterdam, we’ve decided that expansion definitely works! The diverse list of topics at the recent conference convinced us that variety is both the spice of life. It’s the key ingredient to a successful event.

For Percona Live 2017, we’re not just looking for MySQL and MongoDB topics, but also other open source databases. Submit your topics as soon as you can, the period closes on November 13, 2016!

We’re also planning to take this conference back to its roots. This means not focusing 100% on operations, but including a mix of talks that also benefit developers. For this year’s submissions, we are looking for both operation and developer topics, and this is reflected in the options when you submit talk ideas (Operations and Developers). We are still looking for business case studies for your database deployments, and there is also a Wildcard category. If you’ve got something interesting, please let us know by submitting!

Percona Live 2017 will also once again feature the MySQL and MongoDB 101 tracks this year.

The Percona Live 2017 Call for Papers is open until November 13, 2016. Do you have a MySQL, MongoDB, PostgreSQL or open source database use case to share, a skill to teach, or a big idea to discuss? We invite you to submit your speaking proposal for either breakout or tutorial sessions. This conference provides an opportunity to network with peers and technology professionals. It brings together accomplished DBA’s, system architects and developers from around the world to share their knowledge and experience.

Submit your proposal here.

Percona Live Open Source Database Conference 2017: Santa Clara, CA

The Percona Live Open Source Database Conference 2017 is the premier event for the diverse and active open source database community, as well as organizations that develop and use open source database software.

The conference will feature one day of tutorials and three days of keynote talks and breakout sessions related to open source databases and software. Learn about the hottest topics, building and maintaining high-performing deployments and what top industry leaders have to say.

The Percona Live Open Source Database Conference 2017 is April 24th – 27th, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara & The Santa Clara Convention Center.

Register for Percona Live 2017 now! Super Saver registration lasts until Nov 13. Percona Live is a very popular conference: this year’s Percona Live Europe sold out, and we’re looking to do the same for Percona Live 2017. Don’t miss your chance to get your ticket at its most affordable price. Click here to register.

Percona Live 2017 sponsorship opportunities are available now. Click here to find out how to sponsor.

Oct
26
2016
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Talking Drupal #131 – Third Party APIs

In episode #131 we talk about interfacing your Drupal website with third party APIs.

Listen or Watch

Tips of the Week

  • Nic – sign up for Talking Drupal’s new Newsletter to receive bonus material at www.talkingdrupal.com
  • John – Consider upgrading your Mac before buying a new one.  A Memory upgrade and/or solid state drive can make an old machine new again.
  • Stephen – Look for local meet ups. It’s a great place to learn and make new Drupal friends.

Show Notes

  • What is an API?  A contract between two applications.
  • Client side vs server side access to third party APIs
  • Evaluating APIs
    • Is the API well documentation.
    • Use tools to test the API before you invest time in writing code – (chrome extensions) Advances REST Client, Postman 
    • Relationship with company providing the API. Do you have access to technical support?
  • Authentication – authentication methods, depends of the API
  • Interested in an API – look for a Drupal modules first, before coding one yourself

Module of the Week

CKEditor Anchor Link for Drupal 8

The Drupal 8 Core CKEditor is missing some very important options.

Resources

 

Hosts

Stephen Cross – www.ParallaxInfoTech.com @stephencross

John Picozzi – www.oomphinc.com @johnpicozzi

Nic Laflin – www.nLightened.net @nicxvan

Oct
26
2016
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Talking Drupal #131 – Third Party APIs

In episode #131 we talk about interfacing your Drupal website with third party APIs.

Listen or Watch

Tips of the Week

  • Nic – sign up for Talking Drupal’s new Newsletter to receive bonus material at www.talkingdrupal.com
  • John – Consider upgrading your Mac before buying a new one.  A Memory upgrade and/or solid state drive can make an old machine new again.
  • Stephen – Look for local meet ups. It’s a great place to learn and make new Drupal friends.

Show Notes

  • What is an API?  A contract between two applications.
  • Client side vs server side access to third party APIs
  • Evaluating APIs
    • Is the API well documentation.
    • Use tools to test the API before you invest time in writing code – (chrome extensions) Advances REST Client, Postman 
    • Relationship with company providing the API. Do you have access to technical support?
  • Authentication – authentication methods, depends of the API
  • Interested in an API – look for a Drupal modules first, before coding one yourself

Module of the Week

CKEditor Anchor Link for Drupal 8

The Drupal 8 Core CKEditor is missing some very important options.

Resources

 

Hosts

Stephen Cross – www.ParallaxInfoTech.com @stephencross

John Picozzi – www.oomphinc.com @johnpicozzi

Nic Laflin – www.nLightened.net @nicxvan

Oct
26
2016
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Elastic brings order to its product line with Elastic Stack

Woman with reflection of search button in her glasses. For the last several years, Elastic has offered a range of analytics and visualization tools to go with its open source search engine. Today, it announced it was pulling those pieces together into an integrated stack. The new product known as Elastic Stack includes all of the company’s products: Elasticsearch, Kibana, Logstash and Beats. It’s available for download or as part of… Read More

Oct
26
2016
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Zendesk expands beyond the help desk

Customer service rep on phone. Zendesk has always been known as a customer service cloud application, and while its focus remains on the customer, it is attempting to expand the mission using data to drive communication and understanding about the customer. The company wants to make sure that everyone involved has the whole picture of the customer experience and hopes to provide assistance whenever and wherever people… Read More

Oct
26
2016
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Alluxio launches its memory-centric storage system for big data workloads

BIERE, GERMANY - JULY 01: Close-up of cables and LED lights in the new data center of T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG on July 01, 2014, in Biere, Germany. T-Systems is the largest German and one of the largest European IT services companies. (Photo by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images) Alluxio, formerly known as Tachyon, raised a $7.5 million Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz earlier this year. Today, the company is launching the first commercial product based on its open source memory-centric distributed storage platform out of beta. The problem Alluxio aims to solve is that while most businesses now create massive amounts of data, they often store them in a… Read More

Oct
25
2016
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IrisVR raises $8M to bring virtual reality to architecture and design

IrisVR New York City startup IrisVR is announcing that it has raised $8 million in Series A funding. The company has built virtual reality tools for the architecture and design industries. Iris Prospect allows customers to take their 3D plans and blueprints and turn them into VR experiences viewable on devices like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, GearVR and Cardboard. Iris Scope, meanwhile, converts… Read More

Oct
25
2016
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Monitoring OS metrics for Amazon RDS with Grafana

OS Metrics

This article describes how to visualize and monitor OS metrics for Amazon RDS instances using Grafana. We use CloudWatch as a data source, and Grafana to query CloudWatch API in real-time to get data. The setup instructions include just four quick steps (assuming you already use Grafana).

Setup

1. Create an IAM user on the AWS panel, and attach the managed policy “CloudWatchReadOnlyAccess”.

2. Put the credentials in the file “~grafana/.aws/credentials”:

[default]
aws_access_key_id = youraccesskeyid
aws_secret_access_key = yoursecretaccesskey

3. Add CloudWatch as the data source to Grafana, with the name “CloudWatch” (the pre-defined graphs rely on this name) and choose any region. Other fields can be left blank.

4. Import the dashboard JSON file from our collection of MySQL dashboards, or enter dashboard id “702” in the “Grafana.net Dashboard” field of the importing form in Grafana.

Finally, choose the AWS region, select the DB Instance,  and see the graphs. I have created my db.t2.micro instance on us-west-2 region, and named it “blackbox” to show these screenshots:

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Here are the disk performance graphs (I am using a magnetic drive, and we shouldn’t expect many iops):
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Available RAM, storage space and network traffic:
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The dashboard uses 60s resolution and shows an average over each datapoint. An exception is the “CPU Credit Usage” graph, which has a five min. average and interval length. All data is fetched in real-time and not stored anywhere.

This dashboard can be used with any Amazon RDS DB engine, including MySQL, Aurora, etc.

Cost

Amazon provides one million CloudWatch API requests each month at no additional charge. Past this, it costs $0.01 per 1,000 requests. The pre-defined dashboard performs 15 requests on each refresh and an extra two on initial loading.

More monitoring for RDS

“Amazon RDS OS Metrics” dashboard will also be a part of the next release of Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM). If you are already using it, you can use the same instructions as in this blog post, but on step two you have to create a local credentials file (say /root/aws_credentials) and share it with pmm-server container by adding “-v /root/aws_credentials:/usr/share/grafana/.aws/credentials -e HOME=/usr/share/grafana” with the create command.

To enable MySQL metrics and query analytics for Amazon RDS using PMM platform, follow this guide.

Example of query analytics on the same instance:
screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-22-56-34

MySQL metrics using the Prometheus data source (persistent storage):
screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-23-04-16

Oct
25
2016
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Companies expect IP theft to rise in the next year, according to a new survey from Deloitte

IPtheft Intellectual property theft may not be discussed as much as data breaches that see customers’ credit card and other personally identifiable information stolen by hackers. But online theft of IP is a growing concern in tech, according to a new survey by Deloitte, Cyberattackers and Your Intellectual Property. That concern is even higher within the automotive industry, where 64% think it… Read More

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