Nokia took an axe to much of its non-Windows software capacity today, leaving all but a core team working on S40, company insiders say. Among the 10,000 casualties officially announced are teams working on Meltemi, Qt and QML. The team imported via the Smarterphone acquisition will work on S40, we understand.
Engineers were locked out of their source code management systems and wikis before the announcements were made this morning. Read more...
Several companies are developing new database technologies to solve what they see as the shortcomings of traditional, relational database management systems in a cloud environment.
Four of them described the approaches they're taking during a panel at the GigaOm Structure conference on Thursday.
The basic problem they're trying to solve is the difficulty of scaling today's RDBMS systems across potentially massive clusters of commodity x86 servers, and doing so in a way that's "elastic," so that an organization can scale its infrastructure up and down as demand requires.
"The essential problem, as I see it, is that existing relational database management systems just flat-out don't scale," said Jim Starkey, a former senior architect at MySQL and one of the original developers of relational databases.
Starkey is founder and CTO of NimbusDB, which is trying to address those problems with a "radical restart" of relational database technology. Its software has "nothing in common with pre-existing systems," according to Starkey, except that developers can still use the standard SQL query language. Read more...