‘Drill’, A New Project From Apache {1}

by Leonardo S
The article I chose for this week is titled “New Apache Project ‘Drill’ Aims to Speed Up Hadoop Queries” by Todd R. Weiss. The topic of this article is the new project taken up by the Apache Software Foundation called ‘Drill’. For those that don’t know, Apache is a community of users that develops open-source software, including the popular OpenOffice. The purpose of its new project is to have a tool that will speed up the use of Hadoop data analysis tools. By letting users do quicker queries of large data sets, Drill promises to be a reliable replacement to similar paid programs such as Google’s Dremel. The article continues by saying that the need for Drill was brought about by increasing user requirements, which basically means that people are tired of waiting more than a few seconds for query search results. read more...

Apache Brief History {Comments Off on Apache Brief History}

by Abubaker D
So my article is about the history of Apache. The article I chose is from 2002. And I chose it because it would be useful to know about the history in order to make a better future. The article is defining Apache HTTP Server 1.3 by saying it’s an open source success story that’s still behind more than half of all Web sites, according to the latest Netcraft survey members. The success resulted from Apache’s longtime popularity among Web- Hosting companies and ISPs. The article goes on saying that Apache runs on a wide variety of platforms: It’s available as a precompiled binary for Windows, Mac OS X, and many Unix flavors, as well as in source code form, that’s if you would like to compile it yourself or adapt it for use on other platforms. And it basically means that you can snap new features in Apache’s modular design easily, without major changes to the core. And they also have basic Apache free to download from www.apache.org, but its features set is limited. If you want more capabilities like SSLL, you will need to hunt down add on  modules, which vary in sophistication and maturity, or purchase a commercial Apache version such as Red Hat’s Stronghold Secure Web Server 3. The article goes on more talking about Apache but don’t want to complicate it and bore you with too much information, you can read the whole article on the link below if you like. read more...

Call in the Apache’s! {Comments Off on Call in the Apache’s!}

by Andrew N


Call in the Apache’s!

Covalent Technologies, which is the seller of the open source Apache 2.0 server has finally become compatible with Microsoft’s popular .Net applications. Before Apache decided to collaborate with Microsoft, Microsoft only had IIS which is the built in web server for Microsoft applications. Since Apache will now work with Microsoft, developers will a wider range of technologies supported by Apache such as Java, Perl, or PHP. The new Apache will come with an Apache Portable Runtime which optimizes its performance for Windows technology. Although Microsoft has rejected the concept of open-source programs in the past they are learning to open up and work with it now. read more...

Microsoft Server SQL 2012 {1}

by Chris S

Microsoft has been long developing its latest version of SQL under the code name “Denali.” Recently in a press release, they announced that the codename was dropped and the project was going to be titled simply, “Microsoft Server SQL 2012.” Microsoft President announced also that they look to contribute to the Apache Hadoop project and Big Data. Apache Hadoop is a project that develops open-source software for distributed computing. Using a user-friendly programming model, the software allows for distributed processing of large data sets across multiple nodes. The software relies on its library to detect and handle failures at the application layer, allowing those that use it to capture, store and process big data efficiently. Many companies use different forms of this project to access data from servers over the internet. It cuts data being held on one computer to being spread over a cluster of computers. read more...