PostGre launches new turnkey development environment system
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August 19, 2014
Postgre SQL vendor EnterpriseDB has launched a turnkey development environment designed
to make it easier for coders to build applications using Postgre's NoSQL capabilities.
The new tool is free. The open source PostgreSQL project has been adding NoSQL-like features for the past couple of
With its new Postgres Extended Datatype Developer Kit (PGXDK), EnterpriseDB aims to provide
developers with a complete, cloud-hosted coding environment with all of the key components required to
use PostgreSQL's NoSQL tools already enabled and configured.
"Application developers and programmers need solutions that help them work faster and this
Amazon AMI-based environment means that they get up and running faster and have a much more powerful
foundation to work on," said Marc Linster, EnterpriseDB's vice president of products and services.
PGXDK is available as a free instance on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and it bundles PostgreSQL 9.4 beta,
a webserver, and preinstalled versions of Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Node.js, and Python to make it easy to
get developers building web apps using PostgreSQL and a variety of other popular tools.
According to EnterpriseDB, PostgreSQL is often a superior choice for businesses than so-called
pure NoSQL products like MongoDB or CouchBase because it offers greater flexibility in the kind of
workloads it supports, while also allowing organizations to practice the kind of conventional data
management they're accustomed to using with SQL databases.
The company cites research from Gartner indicating that by 2017, half of all data stored in pure
NoSQL databases will be damaging to the business due to a lack of applied information governance policies
That opinion should come as no surprise, since PostgreSQL is EnterpriseDB's bread and butter. The
company's flagship product, Postgres Plus Advanced Server, is an enterprise-tuned distribution
of PostgreSQL with an additional, proprietary layer that provides Oracle compatibility, among other
EnterpriseDB also provides commercial consulting, installation support, training, and other services
around PostgreSQL and products derived from it.
From where EnterpriseDB sits right now, the more people using PostgreSQL – developers and companies – the better.
The company says it plans its next major update to PGXDK to come in the fall, when it will release a version with
In other IT news
Violin Memory said today that it has repaired a hole in its data management feature set by
adding deduplication and compression features to its Concerto memory array controller application.
The fix will enable it to offer lower effective cost per gigabyte than before and will also strengthen its
competitive advantage against other all-flash array vendors such as EMX XtremIO, IBM FlashSystem and Pure
Overall, the Concerto 2200 Data Reduction appliance is a solution that enhances the Violin
6000 or 7000 all-flash arrays to support NFS environments.
The 2200 is a high-availability dual-controller system connecting to Violin's all-flash
arrays by Fibre Channel and to hosts by Ethernet.
It can enhance up to four LUNs on existing or new Violin All Flash Arrays with data reduction
technology to improve economics in NFS environments.
Inline deduplication and compression are available on the Concerto 2200 and provide up to 672 TB of
usable storage at a data reduction rate of 6 to 1.
And deduplication can be easily controlled, not needing to be always-on. Eric Herzog, Violin's
CMO said-- “We see rivals who offer always on deduplication and compression, but we know that, depending
on the customers’ workloads, performance may suffer as a result of the ‘always on’ approach.”
Always-on deduplication and compression services can lower Violin flash arrays' performance.
The Concerto 2200 array delivers granular inline deduplication and compression with NFS ingest
capabilities and is initially targeted at Virtual Desktop (VDI) and Virtual Server (VSI) infrastructure.
A dashboard provides information on data reduction rates in order that customers can see the effective
rate of deduplication on their workload, and use that information to remove shares from deduplication,
or add additional similar workloads that will benefit from data reduction.
We now have the Concerto 7000 management appliance for Violin's all-flash arrays and this additional
Concerto 2200 dedupe system for NFS file dedupe and compression.
Violin data reduction services for NFS environments on the Concerto 2200 solution are available now.
See them at VMworld USA 2014, August 24 to 27 at the Moscone Centre in San Francisco, CA.
Deduplication and compression for block storage are expected to follow in early 2015, Violin told us this morning.
In other IT news
Apple's recent decision to store user data in China is at odds with the IT community, most
notably Google, that likes to keep data *out* of China due to censorship and privacy concerns.
Apple was quick to point out that its decision only affects its Chinese users, but is still being
viewed as bizarre by some observers. Apple has started to store some Chinese users' personal data on servers in China owned by China
Telecom, Reuters reported on Friday.
Apple said in a statement that China Telecom, the country's third-largest wireless carrier, has
been added to the company's list of data center providers.
Apple said the move was made to improve its iCloud service, which lets users store and access photos,
music, and other personal data from multiple devices.
With data stored physically closer to its iCloud users, it can be delivered more quickly and
reliably, Apple added.
For its part, in 2010, Google had a falling out of sorts with China over censoring search results
that eventually led to the internet giant moving its servers to Hong Kong.
On almost any given day, China continues to be an epicenter of controversy over user data. The country
has been charged with hacking foreign governments and corporate servers to steal information.
And China is also very notorious for wanting user data stored in its borders. The Chinese government
claims it's part of its rules and regulations, but critics have said it gives China easy access to people's
personal information, among other things.
Apple has thrown cold water on any indication that storing data on China Telecom's servers will
invade the privacy of its users. Apple said the data is heavily encrypted and not accessible by China
Telecom or any other party, according to Reuters.
An unidentified source told Reuters that Apple has stored the encryption keys for that data offshore.
It's also worth noting the physical location where data is stored doesn't necessarily protect it
from prying governments. For example, a U.S. federal judge in July of this year ordered Microsoft
to hand over a customer's email account data being stored in Dublin, Ireland.
While Apple has started storing data in China, it doesn't necessarily mean that user data is more accessible. We contacted
Apple for comment on the report. We will update this story when we have more information.
In other IT news
With Intel preparing to ship its latest Xeon processors, Dell is now making a new range of
Precision workstations that will take advantage of the forthcoming chips.
The product update will add a new rack workstation and a trio of new towers to the Precision
All will make use of the Haswell-EP Xeon E5 v3 processors, notable in part for requiring
DDR4 memory, which promises improved performance and power efficiency over DDR3 RAM.
The new workstations will be able to accommodate up to 1 TB of DDR4 RAM. The new Precision
towers will be known as the T-5810, T-7810 and the T-7910, with the new rack workstation dubbed
the R-7910 and providing the same capabilities as the T-7910.
In addition to the latest processor options, they will also offer the most up-to-date professional
graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia and will feature Thunderbolt 2.0 support for speedy data transfers.
Dell has also updated the design of the Precision towers, giving tool-free external access to power
supplies, offering quick-release hard drives, and making the front bezel lockable.
While making sure the hardware is up to par for the various demands of engineers and media companies,
Dell has also been working on version 2.0 of its Dell Precision Optimizer software.
The tool is due sometime in September and will be pre-installed on the new Precision workstations
starting in October.
It will offer on-the-fly automatic performance tuning depending on the application running. About eleven or
twelve various performance profiles will be integrated into the utility with the addition of ones for
Autodesk 3D Max and Inventor.
The new workstations will also support Intel Cache Acceleration Software for Workstations, which
Dell claims provides solid state device (SSD) like performance at a fraction of the cost.
They'll also ship with Dell's Reliable Memory Technology to prevent catastrophic memory
Support for remote computing using the workstations comes in the form of Teradici PCoIP Workstation
Access Software, while the R-7910 is qualified to handle Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX workstation
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