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Why Database as a Service Is Like a Stack of Pancakes | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Comparing OpenStack Trove with a popular food

This post comes from Ken Rugg on the Tesora blog.

Life may be like a box of chocolates, but I'd say that Database as a Service is like a stack of pancakes. In honor of National Pancake Day, let me count the ways...

Variety is the spice of life - The last time I looked at the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) menu, there were 16 different kinds of pancakes to choose from. OpenStack Trove doesn't yet support quite that many databases, but between NoSQL and traditional relational databases, it already supports nine different database engines with more coming all the time.

You make them, stack them, use them, and then they're gone - No one needs left over pancakes lying around. You make them and eat them while their hot. It's the same with databases, (well not the eating part.) DBaaS let's you launch a database, use it as you see fit and then throw it away when you're done. No fuss, no muss.

Good with Maple Syrup - Canadians know a thing or two about pancakes and maple syrup. In fact, they have the Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve, which was robbed a few years back! A few Canadians also happen to know a lot about DBaaS and OpenStack Trove. The core of the Tesora product team is based just outside of Toronto, including 2 of the top 10 contributors to current release of Trove, Peter Stachowski and Petr Malik, (though to be fair, Petr isn't a native of Canada.)

Better when served as part of a community - Who doesn't love a great pancake breakfast with everyone from the community pitching in for a carb loving feast! As part of the OpenStack community, developing DBaaS is all about the community as well. The OpenStack Trove project has great community participation, not only from Tesora, but also from other supporting companies like HP, eBay, Red Hat, and Mirantis.

Better in a stack - Sure pancakes are good even if you just have one or two, but who doesn't love a nice tall stack of fluffy pancakes. Just like pancakes, databases are better served in a stack, an OpenStack, that is. OpenStack Trove brings all the self-service, on-demand goodness of the cloud to databases.

Light and fluffy, like a cloud - Nobody wants heavy pancakes that sink in your stomach. You want them to be light and fluffy like a cloud. Why not put your databases in the cloud as well and lighten the management burden, (ed. groan!.)

You can get them both for free! - In honor of National Pancake Day, IHOP offers a free short stack of pancakes. I'll add that they do this while encouraging that you instead donate to Children's Miracle Network , for which we applaud them. Unfortunately, National Pancake Day only comes around one day per year and if you're reading this after 10:00 PM, March 3, 2015, you've missed your chance for this calendar year. Luckily you can download OpenStack Trove any time, either from the foundation or by going to the Tesora DBaaS Platform download page.

Okay, I know this was all pretty silly, but as the publishers of the Short Stack, pancakes are near to our hearts. I hope you enjoyed it, though I'm sure not as much as that free stack of pancakes from IHOP!

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Glenn Rossman has more than 25 years communications experience working at IBM and Hewlett-Packard, along with startup StorageApps, plus agencies Hill & Knowlton and G&A Communications. His experience includes media relations, industry and financial analyst relations, executive communications, intranet and employee communications, as well as producing sales collateral. In technology, his career includes work in channel partner communications, data storage technologies, server computers, software, PC and UNIX computers, along with specific industry initiatives such as manufacturing, medical, and finance. Before his latest stint in technology, Glenn did business-to-business public relations on behalf of the DuPont Company for its specialty polymers products and with the largest steel companies in North America in an initiative focused on automakers.

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