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Thoughts on distributed databases, open source, and cloud native

7 Issues to Consider When Evaluating FoundationDB

FoundationDB enjoys a unique spot in the transactional NoSQL space given its positioning as a basic key-value database that can be used to build new, more application-friendly databases. Given that many of the guarantees provided by its core engine (such as multi-shard ACID transactions and high fault tolerance) are similar to those provided by YugabyteDB, our users often ask us for a comparison. These users are essentially trying to understand whether they should build their app directly using one of the three YugabyteDB APIs or should they explore/build a new database layer on FoundationDB first.

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Basic Introduction to YugabyteDB Components

In this short blog post we are going to give you a quick overview of the components that make up a YugabyteDB universe.

Universe

YugabyteDB is composed of nodes. We collectively refer to this collection of all nodes as a universe. These nodes can be physical machines, virtual machines or containers (e.g. Kubernetes).

Clusters

A YugabyteDB universe is made up of one or more clusters.

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YugabyteDB vs CockroachDB Performance Benchmarks for Internet-Scale Transactional Workloads

Enterprises building cloud native services are gravitating towards transactional NoSQL and globally distributed SQL databases as their next-generation transactional stores. There are at least two distinct usage patterns among these cloud native services – internet-scale transactional workloads and scale-out RDBMS workloads. They have a lot of common demands from the database they use, such as transactions/strong consistency, data modeling flexibility, ease of scaling out and fault tolerance. However, there are some notable differences between these workloads:

  • Internet-scale transactional workloads are optimized for scale and performance without any compromises to data correctness.

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How to Migrate Data from Cassandra or MySQL to YugabyteDB?

If you work with databases, at some point you are going to need to get data in and out them using a format that can be consumed by a completely different system. YugabyteDB makes use of CSV files to make this as easy as possible. The CSV format is arguably the most universally portable way to get data migrations accomplished.

TL;DR – YugabyteDB makes use of Cassandra’s COPY FROM command and a forked version of Cassandra’s Bulk Loader to get data into the system.

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Rise of Globally Distributed SQL Databases – Redefining Transactional Stores for Cloud Native Era

At last month’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in Seattle, the single biggest change from previous container-related conferences was the excitement among the end user companies around their adoption of Kubernetes and the associated cloud native infrastructure ecosystem. The CNCF End User Community page today lists 50+ enterprises and 21+ case studies including those from industry bellwethers such as Capital One, Netflix, Nordstrom and Pinterest. There is a common adoption pattern among all these case studies —

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Getting Started with YugabyteDB’s Security Features

In this blog post we are going to give you a quick overview of YugabyteDB’s security features . We’ll cover authentication, authorization, encryption, plus a simple security checklist to help lock down your install. For the purposes of this walk-through, we are going to use the Cassandra-compatible, flexible-schema YCQL API as an example.

Authentication

First things first, authentication is not enabled by default. So, once you are through experimenting with YugabyteDB on your laptop and are ready to start development in earnest,

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Recapping YugaByte’s 2018 Milestones and a Preview of the 2019 Roadmap

After launching YugabyteDB in November 2017, Team YugaByte celebrated 2018 as its first full year in the market as a cloud native, transactional database company. Exhilarating is the one word that best summarizes our 2018 experience. From a product and engineering standpoint, we launched two major releases (and tens of minor releases) and saw users adopt each of the releases at an amazing pace. This story of exceeded expectations repeated itself at every other function in the company whether it be sales,

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Why are NoSQL Databases Becoming Transactional?

The NoSQL database revolution started with the publication of the Google BigTable and Amazon Dynamo papers in 2006 and 2007 respectively. These original designs focused on horizontal write scalability without compromising the performance observed in the single node databases dominant at that time. The compromises instead came either in the form of eventual consistency (i.e. inability to read the last update) or loss of multi-key access patterns (such as SQL integrity/foreign key constraints,

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YugaByte Announces Kubernetes StatefulSets Support to Enable Scale-Out PostgreSQL Deployments

YugaByte is excited to be at KubeCon today to announce Kubernetes StatefulSets support for our distributed SQL API which complements the transactional NoSQL APIs already generally available. YSQL is YugabyteDB’s PostgreSQL-compatible Distributed SQL API (currently in Beta). This new feature, available in YugabyteDB 1.1.7, cloud-native applications and microservices can rely on SQL and NoSQL to take full advantage of Kubernetes StatefulSets to power horizontally scalable, highly fault-tolerant data services,

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AWS re:Invent 2018 Recap – The Freedom to Build

Team YugaByte was at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas last week. While AWS was announcing a flurry of new product releases and existing product updates, we had some excellent deep dive conversations at our booth on the future of transactional databases and how YugabyteDB is playing its part in shaping that future. This post summarizes our key learnings from the conference, which continues to set the record every year as world’s largest gathering of cloud platform engineers and executives.

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