The benefits of in-memory databases

As the scale of OLTP transactions skyrockets, disk-based databases are unable to keep up with demand. Here’s a look at the problem and how in-memory databases can address it. A new generation of in-memory databases takes advantage of modern, scalable multi-core CPUs to deliver OLTP performance in a way no disk-based database can.

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MemSQL throws a curve, adds column store on flash

MemSQL, the database startup from two former Facebook engineers, has already raised a lot of money and roped in some big customers. Now it’s looking to broaden its footprint with a flash-optimized columnar store to complement its in-memory row-based one.

Calvin: A fast, cheap database that isn’t a database at all

Yale researchers Daniel Abadi and Alexander Thomson think they have developed the cure for Oracle and IBM dominance in the world of database performance, and it isn’t even technically a database. The two have created a system they think can level the playing field.

Facebook trapped in MySQL ‘fate worse than death’

According to database pioneer Michael Stonebraker, Facebook is operating a huge, complex MySQL implementation equivalent to “a fate worse than death.” It’s actually a predicament all too common among web startups, for which the solution might be a class of databases referred to as NewSQL.