Everyone’s doing Database-as-a-Service
In our 5 September 2011 cloud computing news digest we mentioned thatVMware, Salesforce and Heroku have launched Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS). Now Engine Yard is getting in on the act too by creating its Engine Yard Data Team to oversee implementation of PostgreSQL and MongoDB services.
SAP in the cloud (and even more DBaaS)
Tieto has launched a SAP Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS): Dynamic SAP Landscape. Details of the DBaaS are somewhat sketchy but promises high availability, horizontal and vertical scaling, and robust backup management.
Linux and PHP move to Github
Recent security issues at kernel.org have prompted Linus Torvalds to move the Linux source code to popular version control host, Github. The Linux Github repository has already gained over 2000 Github follows at the time of writing.
PHP is also moving to Github at some point in the near future, expect an official announcement soon.
Gmail is energy efficient
Google is trumpeting the energy efficiency of Gmail over in-house alternatives, including the helpful comparison that “it takes more energy to send a message in a bottle than it does to use Gmail for a year, as long as you count the energy used to make the bottle and the wine you drank” – in case you were wondering.
More Google announcements this week included Google Apps now having an offline capability, but only for Google Chrome, the under-the-radar beta release of Google Fusion Tables for working with Big Data and a soon-to-be-released new web programming language, Dart.
Amazon Web Services Toolkit for Visual Studio
Developers using Visual Studio can now develop, test, deploy and maintain applications on Amazon Web Services thanks to the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio. The toolkit adds an “AWS Explorer” option to the View menu, which functions in a similar fashion to the “Server Explorer” option. Most of AWS is available via the toolkit: CloudFront, EC2, S3, SimpleDB, SNS, SQS, CloudFormation, and Identity and Access Management.
Salesforce for QuickBooks
The maker of popular accounting software Quickbooks, Intuit, has announced the availability of Salesforce for QuickBooks. The theory behind the linkup is that linking financials with customer relationship management should help sales staff gain a better understanding of their customers. The announcement is linked with discounts on Salesforce subscriptions.
GoToMeeting on Android devices
Citrix has announced the availability of GoToMeeting on Android devices. The GoToMeeting client software requires Android 2.2 or above and has been tested on Motorola Droid 3, Motorola Atrix, Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Nexus S, Samsung Nexus S 4G, HTC Thunderbolt and HTC EVO 4G