As 2010 draws to a close we're taking a look at a few cloud startups that show promise and that we haven't covered on ReadWriteCloud.
ClearDB is a cloud-hosted MySQL database service competing with Salesforce.com's Database.com. It's a fully ACID compliant relational database and is accessible from any platform and any programming language. It delivers query results over a REST API.
Some of ClearDB's features include:
- A 100% ACID compliant database
- Complete support for stored procedures with CGL
- Social Integration Support with CGL httpGet and httpPost
- Automatic backup and management by database engineers
- Elasticity and scalability
- A NoSQL management API "for those who can't stand SQL"
- A SQL92 compliant database API based on MySQL technology
- A cloud infrastructure with a 99.999% uptime guarantee for high availability customers
In addition to Database.com, ClearDB will compete with CouchOne's hosted CouchDB instances. I have the feeling that hosted databases are just getting started and that we'll be seeing many more in 2011. These make a lot of sense for websites and developers that have light front-end requirements but need robust database support.
I'm interested in the implications of hosted databases for DBAs. ClearDB, for example, includes the line "Save money by not having to employ database administrators" in its website copy.
Are you a DBA? Are you worried about your job security?