Today in Cloud

Another day, another hazy outlook for the future of NoSQL databases. The positive news is that Membase (formerly NorthScale) has publicly released its memcached-based Membase Server database, which seems to have caught on with a number of impressive customers. Its relative success not only suggests that the technology is good, but also that there’s something to developing open source software in-house versus relying on the Apache community for development. The negative news is that Facebook’s Jonathan Heiliger has joined the Clustrix advisory board. Clustrix is another Big Data startup, although its proprietary solution retains a SQL foundation. To the extent their uses overlap, scalable SQL products could prove easier to sell than NoSQL products.

Four Key Takeaways from Structure 2010

Last year, the Structure conference confirmed my beliefs that the community had moved beyond asking what cloud computing is, and was moving toward asking how users can best leverage it. This year, I learned even more.

Open-sourced Membase Joins NoSQL Party

NorthScale, a Mountain View, Calif.-based web infrastructure startup, along with social gaming giant Zynga and a South Korean search and gaming portal are joining hands to launch Membase, a new open-source database that joins a fast-growing list of NoSQL databases that includes MongoDB and CouchDB.

Today in Cloud

There has been a fair amount of discussion on the topic of whether cloud computing should let users mimic legacy environments and application-design principles, or whether it should encourage new methods of doing things. To some degree, this debate played out today at the database tier, with Amazon improving its Relational Database Service (RDS), while startup NorthScale got another $10 million for its RDBMS replacement software. I understand that cloud computing and NoSQL aren’t inherently related, and that AWS has made a lot of money by giving users standards tools in the cloud, but for web apps, at least, it seems like the on-premise and cloud database movements should converge at some point in the move toward optimal practices.

NorthScale Caches $10M in VC Funds, Gets New CEO

NorthScale, a Memcached-focused start-up based in Mountain View, Calif. says it has raised $10 million in Series B funding from Mayfield Fund. Previous investors Accel Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners also invested. NorthScale has also hired a new president & CEO – Bob Wiederhold.

NorthScale, a Memcached-focused Startup, Launches

NorthScale, a Mountain View, Calif-based software start-up co-founded by leaders of memcached open source projects, launched today. It has raised $5 million in venture funding from Accel Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners and hopes to cash in on the growing needs of web-based businesses.