More hardy souls are jumping into cold, open water for the benefits of a swim in the ocean.
Open water swimming builds a strong mind and body, stroke by zen-like stroke. There can be obstacles and hazards—harsh weather, sea swells, bone-chilling water, and the unknowns of the deep blue sea. But like so many of life’s challenges, that is why we do it.
I’ve been plunging into open waters since I was a boy growing up in northern Illinois. My dad would run head first into Lake Michigan, and the seven kids would follow. …
Forget what we know about who leads the database market. The market is being upended by a new breed of cloud database providers, led by Snowflake but there are many others. And transformation-driven customers are eager for new and better approaches to data management.
The database market was long defined by deep-rooted incumbents — Oracle, IBM, SAP, Teradata. The Big 3 cloud providers — AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud — have shouldered into the market, and they continue to expand and introduce new capabilities.
AWS alone offers no fewer than 15 purpose-built cloud databases. At the AWS re:Invent conference…
These are my new running shoes. On January 1, I will put them on and hit the road. It will be a relief to leave 2020 behind. But more than that, I’m motivated by and optimistic about the year ahead.
My goal is to run faster and farther than I did in 2020. I’m a Boomer, so that’s easier said than done—my body wants to slow down. But I’m inspired by people 60+ who are not just active, but pushing it.
In fact, a few months ago, a 75-year-old man from Nebraska ran a mile in just under six minutes…
The tech industry often focuses on the next big thing — millions of processor cores, billions of IoT devices, quadrillions of bytes of data (i.e. petabytes). But there’s another side to this constantly-expanding world. Computing is getting infinitesimally smaller, too.
Amazon’s cloud computing business, AWS, offered the latest example of the downsizing of computing at its AWS re:Invent conference. The not-so-big news: Users can now pay for one millisecond of computing power in the AWS cloud.
That’s one thousandth of one second of computing. And it costs a tiny fraction of one cent.
Until now, the smallest slice of the…
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