News Round: 'Parsing' SQL, NoSQL and NewSQL

Loraine Lawson

Technically, my IT Business Edge colleague Arthur Cole covers all-things infrastructure, which by and large includes databases. Obviously, the lines between our blogs can get a bit murky, since it’s not always possible to separate the hardware from the software and the data.

I think this is especially true when you start to talk about NoSQL solutions, which are generating a lot of buzz these days because of Big Data. While NoSQL solutions are touted as the end-all-be-all for Big Data, it’s not like NoSQL is going to replace the traditional, relational databases and time-tested SQL querying.

If you’ve found this whole NoSQL versus SQL thing confusing, then I suggest you check out GigaOm Pro’s free analyst roundtable discussion on the topic. It’s tomorrow (Wed., July 18), at 10 a.m. PDT, or 1 p.m. EDT and the focus will be what business and IT leaders need to know about SQL, NoSQL and the NewSQL (a combination approach) and how they differ. Then the roundtable will also cover use cases for in-memory data processing and how that could impact today’s data. The sponsor is VMware.

Normally, I try to do the round-up on Fridays, but I was a bit sideswiped by data virtualization last week. But in addition to GigaOm Pro’s upcoming webinar, there are a few other items I wanted to share, so I thought I’d go ahead and offer a sneak peek at the most intriguing items from my inbox:

Another Option for Cloud Integration

Liaison Technologies rolled out a list of new integration interfaces, adopters and services for its integration platform as a service, which is called Data Aware Cloud Services Brokerage (Whew! That’s a mouthful). Basically, that means it’s an integration solution that’s completely based in the cloud. The press release notes that Liaison is one of the industry’s largest cloud integration managed services providers, with connectivity to Hadoop, Cassandra and “dozens of SaaS apps” including salesforce.com, NetSuite, RightNow and SuccessFactors. What’s more, it helps with that “integrating from the cloud to on-premise” problem by offering connectors to hundreds of legacy and on-premise apps. This completely cloud-based integration solution also supports a variety of formats and standards, including XML, RosettaNet, EDIFACT, SOAP and FTP. Use case: You want to get out of the integration business and supporting middleware by off-loading that kind of integration to the cloud, AND you’re comfortable with that idea.

Free Resources for the Week of July 17-20:

Today, Tuesday, July 17, 1-2 p.m., ET.

HP Enterprise Services is hosting a Twitter chat today, using the hashtag #HPESchat. HP experts will be sharing their ideas on how Big Data technologies fit into today’s information architecture. In particular, they’ll be discussing how the data integration layer will need to change with Big Data and how Big Data will change the job requirements for information management. You can follow me on Twitter and I'll send out a reminder tweet tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 18, 1-2 p.m. ET.

In this free webcast, Information Builders BI systems engineer Dan Grady will discuss best practices for making BI and analytics content available on mobile devices, including a look at the top four ways to deploy the information. Register by 12:30 p.m. to participate.

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