Friday, August 14, 2009

Databases in the Cloud

Ken North writes a great article in Dr. Dobb's Journal on Databases in the Cloud. Check out Dr. Dobb's | Databases in the Cloud: Elysian Fields or Briar Patch? | August 3, 2009:
The cloud is an elastic computing and data storage engine, a virtual network of servers, storage devices, and other computing resources. It's a major milestone in on-demand or utility computing, the evolutionary progeny of computer timesharing, high-performance networks and grid computing. The computer timesharing industry that emerged four decades ago pioneered the model for on-demand computing and pay-per-use resource sharing of storage and applications. More recently Ian Foster and Carl Kesselman advanced the concept of the grid to make large-scale computing networks accessible via a service model. Like computer timesharing and the grid, cloud computing often requires persistent storage so open source projects and commercial companies have responded with data store and database solutions.

The more things change, the more they stay the same...

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