Our 2013 Database survey is now live

451 Research’s 2013 Database survey is now live at http://bit.ly/451db13 investigating the current use of database technologies, including MySQL, NoSQL and NewSQL, as well as traditional relation and non-relational databases.

The aim of this survey is to identify trends in database usage, as well as changing attitudes to MySQL following its acquisition by Oracle, and the competitive dynamic between MySQL and other databases, including NoSQL and NewSQL technologies.

There are just 15 questions to answer, spread over five pages, and the entire survey should take less than ten minutes to complete.

All individual responses are of course confidential. The results will be published as part of a major research report due during Q2.

The full report will be available to 451 Research clients, while the results of the survey will also be made freely available via a
presentation at the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo in April.

Last year’s results have been viewed nearly 55,000 times on SlideShare so we are hoping for a good response to this year’s survey.

One of the most interesting aspects of a 2012 survey results was the extent to which MySQL users were testing and adopting PostgreSQL. Will that trend continue or accelerate in 2013? And what of the adoption of cloud-based database services such as Amazon RDS and Google Cloud SQL?

Are the new breed of NewSQL vendors having any impact on the relational database incumbents such as Oracle, Microsoft and IBM? And how is SAP HANA adoption driving interest in other in-memory databases such as VoltDB and MemSQL?

We will also be interested to see how well NoSQL databases fair in this year’s survey results. Last year MongoDB was the most popular, followed by Apache Cassandra/DataStax and Redis. Are these now making a bigger impact on the wider market, and what of Basho’s Riak, CouchDB, Neo4j, Couchbase et al?

Additionally, we have been tracking attitudes to Oracle’s ownership of MySQL since the deal to acquire Sun was announced. Have MySQL users’ attitudes towards Oracle improved or declined in the last 12 months, and what impact will the formation of the MariaDB Foundation have on MariaDB adoption?

We’re looking forward to analyzing the results and providing answers to these and other questions. Please help us to get the most representative result set by taking part in the survey at http://bit.ly/451db13

Linux-like, devops management moves to enterprise, Windows

Signs that the devops are coming — both in the form of new software engineers and system administrators that are working more closely together for collaboration and in new automation and agile technologies, many of them open source — continue to highlight the movement of continuous integration and continuous management of applications into more mainstream enterprise IT environments. Devops, which refers to the confluence of application development and deployment of applications via IT operations, is spreading beyond Web 2.0, technology and media organizations to some of the same key verticals that have been early adopters of open source software.

One of the most obvious signs that devops is moving to more mainstream enterprise IT — adding users in financial services, insurance, telecom and other key verticals — is the extension of open source server configuration and automation to Windows environments, which are typical alongside Linux in most enterprises. We’ve recently covered this extension in reports on CFEngine, Opscode and Puppet Labs, all of which report demand and traction in mixed Windows-nix environments and in more mainstream enterprises.

Our coverage of CFEngine (451 subscribers) highlights the Norwegian vendor’s latest paid release, CFEngine 3 Nova, features simplified configuration and management along with scalability and the ability to continuously monitor, update and facilitate system self-repair. Other highlights of the release include simplified compliance features and a new GUI dashboard for setting policy and monitoring system health, as well as the state of IT services and systems. As for the added Windows support, the CFEngine 3 Nova update includes new native support for Windows with more fine-grained management of Windows servers and desktops via Windows Registry, Windows Services and Access Control Lists.

We covered some similar extension to management of Windows environments in our recent report on Opscode with Chef (subscribers). Reporting more demand for private Chef, rather than hosted, particularly among large enterprise users with Windows resources and systems to manage, Opscode enhanced these capabilities with new Chef software and cookbooks. Features include deployment and automation of Windows PowerShell task framework, IIS Web server, SQL Server and Windows Services.

We also covered an update from another open source server configuration and automation player: Puppet Labs (subscribers). The company’s of Puppet Enterprise 2.0 was focused less on Windows support, which is nonetheless previewed in its latest software, and more on improving usability and serving orchestration and compliance needs of large enterprises.

All three of these open source software-centered vendors report the transition of devops practices and tools being implemented (sometimes under other monikers such as continuous integration, continuous application management, cloud application management, release management or other) by more mainstream enterprises in financial services, media and others in addition to tech and web-oriented companies you’d expect to be doing devops.

451 CAOS Links 2009.10.06

Patents. M&A. Adoption. Business strategies. And more.

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“Tracking the open source news wires, so you don’t have to.”

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# Red Hat urged the Supreme Court to to make clear that it excludes software from patentability, while the SFLC and the FSF also filed briefs with the US Supreme Court arguing against software patents.

Investment and M&A
# The WSJ reported that EC document suggests Oracle intends to keep MySQL to compete against Microsoft, prompting Matt Asay to report that Oracle’s interest in MySQL has been misread.

# The OW2 Consortium and the Open Solutions Alliance have merged.

# Pentaho acquired LucidEra’s Clearview, will be packaged as Pentaho Analyzer Enterprise Edition, while Julian Hyde explained how it will fit into Pentaho’s business model.

# Intalio raised $1.5 million in equity and debt.

# Ruby-on-Rails startup FiveRuns has been acquired by WorkThink.

# OpenLogic explored what has happened to OpenProj following its acquisition by Serena Software. Its questioning had the desired effect.

# Benchmark Capital hired former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos as an Entrepreneur in Residence.

# The London Stock Exchange confirmed that it will replace its TradElect platform with a Linux-based alternative.

# The European Parliament selected Mule ESB as the backbone for its service-oriented architecture (SOA).

# BT and Unisys implemented the Jaspersoft Business Intelligence Suite to support their Statistical Data Warehouse.

# Portland has unanimously approved a resolution to open governmentt data and encourage the use of OSS.

# Peru’s Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation is now using Red Hat, Alfresco and Zimbra.

# A survey indicated that 96% of French public sector agencies are using open source.

Business strategies

# Truth in labelling: Simon Phipps called for OSI definitions for development and business models.

# John Mark Walker asked Open-Core or open snore?

# The real issue is who controls your software. Good, reasoned argument by Carlo Daffara.

# Tarus Balog weighed in on the free/open source victory debate.

# James Dixon published Misunderstanding open source #3: applying ‘Free Software’ religion to open source business models.

# Eric Barroca explained why open source platforms are likely to succeed against proprietary platforms.

Products and services

# Cloudera launched Cloudera Desktop including a monitoring client for Hadoop applications, while GigaOM asked, Is Hadoop champion Cloudera the next Red Hat?

# Funambol launched version 8 of its mobile sync and email software, including new Ajax MyFUNAMBOL portal, while Roberto Galoppini reported on how Funambol is walking a tightrope with its new proprietary approach.

# Pentaho extended its unlimited usage deal for start-ups to its entire BI suite.

# Talend updated Talend On Demand, its SaaS data integration platform.

# Untangle updated its Internet security technology to version 7.0.

# Zmanda released version 2.0 of its Zmanda Cloud Backup (ZCB) product as well as aversion compliant with the EU Data Protection Directive.

# Open-Xchange released OXtender for Business Mobility, which connects with Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia, Windows Mobile devices.

# Yahoo’s Zimbra division launched Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) 6.0.

# Microsoft Research unveiled a snapshot of Barrelfish, its multi-core operating system, under the BSD license.

# AMD and Pixelux announced a joint development agreement around the open source Bullet Physics engine.

# Objectivity launched an open source developer network to dive interest in Objectivity/DB.

# The New York Times will release the next version of its Document Viewer under an open source license.

# Six Apart opened up TypePad API, launches TypePad Motion microblogging application.

# Andy Updegrove took a second, glass-half full, look at the Codeplex Foundation.

# Cyanogen developer, Steve Kondik, declared himself sympathetic to Google’s position on Android.

# OSS Watch reported that software sustainability is the result of a combination of openness and strong leadership.

# Daniel Chalef reported on how language and cultural diversity is driving open source SI growth in Europe.

# Savio Rodrigues warned against confusing open source with open standards in the context of exit costs.

# The FSF offered a bounty for finding non-free software in free software distributions.

# Somewhat inevitably: http://boycott-boycottnovel.com.

# MonitoringForge.org claimed 1,000 registered members in the first six days.