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Migrating From Cassandra to DynamoDB: The Whys and Hows

19 Oct
By: ClearScale
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IT teams everywhere are asking a common question: should we migrate from Apache Cassandra to Amazon DynamoDB? It’s a good consideration, and not a decision that can be taken lightly. Going from Cassandra to DynamoDB requires much more than a “lift-and-shift” effort - the migration journey can be a time-consuming and challenging one. But there are real advantages to going from one NoSQL database to the other. The key lies in understanding the differences between the two database solutions

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It’s Time to Migrate Your Legacy Databases to the Cloud

23 Sep
By: ClearScale
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At ClearScale, clients often ask us questions like: What additional value does the cloud offer when it comes to database management? What are the benefits of transitioning databases away from commercial providers? How do I ensure a successful database migration? Organizations are increasingly migrating their legacy databases to the cloud. According to Gartner, by 2022, three-fourths of all databases will be in the cloud. We’re now generating more data than ever before. And legacy IT is falling short. Commercial

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How AWS Takes the Fear Out of Database Migrations

22 Dec
By: ClearScale
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When it comes to upgrading legacy databases, there is no better answer than migrating to the cloud. The right cloud platform can easily deliver the availability, scalability, security, and cost-effectiveness of commercial databases without the high price tag. However, the prospect of migrating to the cloud can be intimidating for many business leaders. After all, a poor migration can put mission-critical workloads and sensitive customer data at risk. There is no room for error. Fortunately, IT teams don’t have

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AWS Managed Database Services - What’s New at re:Invent 2020

10 Dec
By: ClearScale
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At the 2020 AWS re:Invent there have been a lot of great sessions covering everything that’s new and improved in managed database services from Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this post, ClearScale’s Database Engineer, Renat Sunyaev, and Database Tech Lead, Sergey Kushnarev, summarize these exciting announcements. Over the past 15 years there was an incredible shift of application workloads from on-premises data centers or colocation facilities to cloud-based computing using services from AWS. Companies have been able

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Cloud Databases 101: Introduction to Amazon Aurora

17 Nov
By: ClearScale
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Legacy databases pale in comparison to cloud databases. For example, legacy databases often come with rigid contracts, punitive licensing, and monolithic architecture. They also tend to be more costly due to inflexible pricing and annual maintenance expenses. Leaders who hold fast to their legacy databases will continue to fall behind and miss out on all the cloud has to offer (to learn more about this topic, check out our Guide to Migrating Legacy Databases to AWS. However, it can be

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ClearScale’s Top Five Takeaways from AWS re:Invent 2019

27 Dec
By: ClearScale
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AWS re:Invent 2019 demonstrated once again that AWS has been busy. The company announced 77 product launches, feature releases, and services at its annual conference — which are all, at some level, driving IT evolution and business transformation. As a leading provider of cloud consulting services, here are five new AWS updates that ClearScale thinks are going to prove to be extremely beneficial: 1. Amazon Redshift Updates AWS made three notable updates to Redshift. First up, it’s now possible

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Amazon RDS is Pretty Cool!

05 Jul
By: ClearScale
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I was playing around with Amazon RDS today. It’s a web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. In other words, Amazon manages MySQL on the server level and you can connect to it via your application or a MySQL command line. You are also able to perform various database administration tasks via an Amazon API or using something like a RightScale management platform. Here are some of the

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