Data-Driven API testing Webinar recording now available

November 3, 2015 Comments Off on Data-Driven API testing Webinar recording now available

I had a great time talking with Paul Bruce from SmartBear last week about all the great things you can do with data-driven API testing . If you’d like to view the slides, hear the recording, or see the demo, be sure to check out the recording here.

eSeminar on “Using the Cloud to Support Today’s Growing Analytics Requirements”

October 21, 2013 Comments Off on eSeminar on “Using the Cloud to Support Today’s Growing Analytics Requirements”

I recently conducted an event for IBM & Ziff Davis that talked about the inter-relationships among Big Data, cloud computing, and analytics. From the abstract:

Analytics is being driven deeper into most organizations as more business unit managers and employees need information to make smarter, faster business decisions. At the same time, many companies are relying on the analysis of much larger volumes of data to make such critical decisions. This eSeminar will discuss how a smart cloud infrastructure can help meet today’s growing analytics requirements, while accommodating the larger volumes of data involved in decision-making processes.

You can view the eSeminar here


Is a price war for solid state disk drives on the horizon?

April 28, 2012 § 1 Comment

A while back, I wrote about the impact of the flooding in Thailand on the price of traditional mechanical disk drives. Since just about every dark cloud has a silver lining, this natural disaster has accelerated the development and maturation of the solid state disk (SSD) market. Naturally, this growing segment has attracted a bunch of new players, and this is a bit unsettling to the established leaders. In response, these vendors appear to be trying a time-tested approach to squash newer and more nimble competitors:

Major SSD firms have initiated price reductions to reflect falling prices for NAND flash chips. The move is also aimed at triggering a price war in the market in an attempt to squeeze out smaller peers, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

From the perspective of cloud computing and Big Data/NoSQL, if an SSD price war does ensue, there’s a very good chance that it will result in further innovations in affordable hosted high-performance databases. In-memory disk drives should also go a long way toward increasing the scalability and predictability of shared cloud-based virtual machine instances.

Easy to use, free key-value Web service

March 23, 2012 Comments Off on Easy to use, free key-value Web service

If you’re building a lightweight application that needs key/value storage or just trying to expand your understanding of NoSQL, check out It’s a free, open source Web service that lets you store up to 64Kb of key/value pairs each day. You can then securely retrieve this information and even grant access to others.

To help you get started, the web site provides examples of several different connectivity methods, including:

  • cURL
  • HTML

There are also some nice user contributions of utilities, libraries, and so on.

To me, this is a great example of the intersection of cloud computing, Big Data, and SOA. I predict that we’ll be seeing more innovative services like this in the future. Check it out.

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