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Oracle adds analytics to MySQL in the cloud

Oracle is combining OLTP (online transaction processing) and OLAP (online analytical processing) services in its open source MySQL database in the Oracle Cloud, via Oracle MySQL Database Service with the MySQL Analytics Engine.

With this Oracle Cloud service being introduced December 2, users gain the ability to run sophisticated analytics against their operational MySQL database. The MySQL Analytics Engine is an in-memory analytics accelerator that can scale to thousands of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) cores.

Positioned to compete with the Amazon Redshift cloud data warehouse, the Oracle MySQL Database Service with the MySQL Analytics Engine saves users from having to

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AWS re:Invent: AWS gets more hybrid, but not multicloud

Amazon Web Services made a set of announcements during the first day of its AWS re:Invent conference this week aimed at helping customers ease the deployment and management of container-based and serverless applications both on premises and in the AWS cloud, but stopped short of explicitly making it easier to run alongside rival clouds.

In this respect there were three major announcements from AWS CEO Andy Jassy’s virtual re:Invent keynote on Tuesday, December 1. The first two, Amazon EKS Anywhere and Amazon ECS Anywhere, are aimed at helping customers run containerized workloads seamlessly on premises and in the cloud.

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On-premises data warehouses are dead

Global Market Insights estimates that cloud providers will host the majority of data warehousing loads by 2025. But don’t take their word for it. Gartner estimates that 30 percent of data warehousing workloads now run in the cloud and that this will grow to two-thirds by 2024. Just a few years ago in 2016 the figure was less than 7 percent, also according to Gartner.   

None of this should be a surprise. Even the core data warehouse technology providers have seen this trend and are spending the majority of their R&D budgets to build solutions for public cloud providers.

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What to expect from AWS re:Invent 2020

Cloud computing giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) has its biggest event of the year next week, with AWS re:Invent running online-only and free of charge for the first time, starting November 30 and closing December 18.

This year the event will not be spread across various hotels on the Las Vegas strip, but rather across a three-week period online. This brings its own logistical challenges.

The event will kick off with a “Late Night with AWS” session on Monday night, followed by CEO Andy Jassy’s typical three hour keynote on Tuesday, December 1. This will be followed by the Thursday

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Public clouds and big tech target low-code capabilities

I’ve been using low-code and no-code platforms for almost two decades to build internal workflow applications and rapidly develop customer-facing experiences. I always had development teams working on Java, .NET, or PHP applications built on top of SQL and NoSQL datastores, but the business demand for applications far exceeded what we could develop. Low-code and no-code platforms provided an alternative option when the business requirements matched the platform’s capabilities.

I recently shared seven low-code platforms developers should know and what IT leaders can learn from low-code platform CTOs. Many of these platforms have been around longer than a decade,

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Weaponizing the cloud to fight addiction

According to the CDC, opioids were involved in 46,802 overdose deaths in 2018 (69.5 percent of all drug overdose deaths). For those of you living in the United States, this is old news.

As the pandemic stretches on, deaths in the U.S. from opioids and other habit-forming drugs such as alcohol, are likely to rise in 2020. We’re at a point where most health organizations are deeply concerned.

We could reduce the number of deaths by helping addicts in better ways. The combinations of cloud, artificial intelligence, and IoT (Internet of Things) working together could replace rehab clinics as

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