Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-10-27

  • Amazon takes MySQL to the cloud; or have they?
    For a starters, it is not really a true cloud service, where we think of it as an infinite resource, we just keeping using it and they will keep billing us. We still can’t run huge monolithic datasets in the cloud and not worry about load balancing, scaling and replication. What Amazon have done here is more akin to the services offered by the likes of RightScale.
  • Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS)
    is a web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. It provides cost-efficient and resizable capacity while managing time-consuming database administration tasks, freeing you up to focus on your applications and business. Amazon RDS gives you access to the full capabilities of a familiar MySQL database. This means the code, applications, and tools you already use today with your existing MySQL databases work seamlessly with Amazon RDS. Amazon RDS automatically patches the database software and backs up your database, storing the backups for a user-defined retention period. You also benefit from the flexibility of being able to scale the compute resources or storage capacity associated with your relational database instance via a single API call. As with all Amazon Web Services, there are no up-front investments required, and you pay only for the resources you use.
  • Is Amazon’s MySQL Knock-Off Worth It For Startups?
    The Bottom line: SoftLayer costs 15% less, but lacks the flexibility of AWS.
  • Amazon Launches Hosted MySQL Database Cloud Service
    Name Memory Comp Price per hour Small DB Instance 1.7 GB 1 ECU $0.11 USD Large DB Instance 7.5 GB 4 ECUs $0.44 USD Extra Large DB Instance 15 GB 8 ECUs $0.88 USD Double Extra Large DB Instance 34 GB 13 ECUs $1.55 USD Quadruple Extra Large DB Instance 68 GB 26 ECUs $3.10 USD
  • Managed MySQL — Amazon RDS
    # I did not see an option to enable SSH connections to MySQL. I think that is required for this to be a great way to run MySQL. # This supports MyISAM and InnoDB. They don’t give you command line access to the machines, so you cannot run myisamchk to recover corrupt MyISAM tables, nor can you run myisampack to compress them. I think it is a good idea to stick with InnoDB and then ask Amazon to upgrade to the InnoDB 1.0.4+ plugin. # This appears to use network attached storage for most data. For example, innodb_data_home_dir=/rdsdbdata/db/innodb. I am not sure whether this buffers data in the OS buffer cache and if it does not, that will hurt MyISAM performance as it does not buffer table data.
  • The Google Enterprise Strategy Starts with Google Wave
    They’ve been steadily laying the technology foundation for the enterprise blitzkrieg and expect to start profiting from it next year. Yes, Google Docs has yet to make a huge splash, but the company is betting Google Wave will beachhead the company’s products into the enterprise.
  • Q&A: Eric Schmidt wants Google in your office
    We’re trying to build to bring the benefits of the consumer architecture of the Internet to all the people using enterprise services today with the same or better level of security and control.
  • Looking At Platforms
    Not eveyone can be a platform, but everyone sure wants to be.
  • Choose Your VC Investor Carefully
    Either you’re not a good leader and he shouldn’t be investing at all, or he has no clue what it takes to build a startup.
  • IBM’s IOD – Some Highlights for Me
    IBM is firmly focused on ‘decision making’ in the organization, and how such decisions should lead to better business outcomes. This goes to the center of how the firm works.
  • MSDN subscribers get Windows Azure perks
    750 hours on Azure a month for the first eight months of Azure’s commercial availability, as well as other freebies including 1,000,000 messages through .Net Services, three 1GB SQL Azure databases, and 7GB in and 14GB out of data transfer bandwidth. After that introductory period, subscribers will still get time and bandwidth on Azure, though markedly less. For a complete breakdown of who gets what, check Microsoft’s own chart here.
  • Adobe, Salesforce Put Flash In Cloud
    As of Monday that platform gets additional tooling, Adobe Flash Builder for Force.com. In effect, all the capabilities of the Flash Player will be available as components for user interfaces in the Force.com environment. Applications built there will run on Salesforce.com servers in Salesforce.com data centers — in other words, in the Salesforce.com-branded cloud. They can be linked in that environment to Salesforce.com CRM and other applications and make use of Salesforce.com database services.
  • Instructions
    [Incorporate Twitter in PowerPoint-awesome tools!-DBM]
  • SuccessFactors Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2009 Results
    SuccessFactors’ results for the third quarter fiscal year 2009: — Q3 FY09 Revenue: For the quarter ended September 30, 2009, revenue was $38.7 million, compared to $29.7 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2008, an increase of approximately 30% year-over-year and an increase of 5% sequentially from Q209. — Q3 FY09 Gross Margin: For the quarter ended September 30, 2009, non-GAAP gross margin was 78%, compared to 67% a year ago. Non-GAAP gross margin excludes the effect of approximately $290,000 in stock-based compensation for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. — Q3 FY09 Operating Margin: For the quarter ended September 30, 2009, non-GAAP operating margin was 1%, compared to negative 61% for the quarter ended September 30, 2008. Non-GAAP operating margin excludes the effect of approximately $2.6 million and $2.2 million in stock-based compensation for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 and 2008, respectively. — Q3 FY09 Total Deferred Revenue: Total deferred revenue as of
  • SuccessFactors narrows 3Q profit loss
    SuccessFactors lowered its 2009 profit guidance to a loss of 4 cents per share from between 6 cents per share and 7 cents. The outlook excludes an estimated stock-based compensation expense. However, the company raised its revenue guidance for the year to between $150.1 million and $150.6 million, from between $147 million and $148 million. Shares rose 9 cents, to close at $16.38.

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