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OEMs: The 6 Questions to Ask Your Data Platform Vendors

May 30, 2024
OEMs face incredible challenges today. They’re being asked to do more with less as supply chain and operation overrun issues create a legitimate OEM crisis.  And yet, more often than not, OEMs don’t consider their underlying tech stack technologies until they are way too deep into said crisis. By that point, the amount of money [...]

Balancing Low Latency, High Availability, and Cloud Choice

May 15, 2024
Balancing Low Latency, High Availability and Cloud Choice Cloud hosting is no longer just an option — it’s now, in many cases, the default choice.  But the cloud computing market, having grown to a whopping $483.9 billion, may finally be starting to slow down in the face of companies refusing to fully abandon their in-house [...]

What is a Private 5G Network?

April 25, 2024
To move as fast as they can at scale while protecting mission-critical data, more and more organizations are investing in private 5G networks, also known as private cellular networks or just “private 5G” (not to be confused with virtual private networks, which are something totally different).  According to one recent report, the private 5G network [...]

Top 3 Kafka Streams Challenges

April 11, 2024
We’ve been writing a lot about challenges lately. We recently wrote about API challenges – now we’re discussing challenges with Kafka Streams.  Volt is very big on Kafka, as we specialize in complementing it in a really powerful way to allow enterprises to get the most out of it.  That said, a lot of companies [...]

ACID vs CAP: What’s the Difference?

April 02, 2024

Acid transactions,  ACID properties, and the CAP theorem are two important concepts in data management and distributed systems. It’s unfortunate that in both acronyms the “C” stands for “Consistency,” but actually means completely different things. What follows is a primer on the two concepts and an explanation of the differences between the two “C”s. What […]

The 5 Biggest Challenges With APIs

March 22, 2024
Over the last couple of years, we’ve heard a lot of breathless talk about application programming interfaces (APIs) and how they’re going to change everything.  APIs exist to solve a fundamental problem: how can a group of people use stuff written by a different group of people, who may have had different ideas and expectations? [...]

How Caches Become Databases – And Why You Don’t Want This

March 21, 2024
Companies like to complicate things.  There’s no better way to say it.  The law of entropy clearly applies as much to tech stacks and data management as it does to closets and desk drawers.  In the world of databases, data management, and data platforms, this entropy usually takes the form of a simple database or [...]

The 6 Rules for Achieving (and Maintaining) High Availability

March 13, 2024
In the age of big-data-turned-massive-data, maintaining high availability, aka ultra-reliability, aka ‘uptime’, has become “paramount”, to use a ChatGPT word.  Why? Because until recently, most computer interaction was human-to-computer, and humans are (relatively) flexible when systems misbehave: they can try a few more times and then go off and do something else before trying again [...]

Latency vs. Throughput: Navigating the Digital Highway

February 29, 2024
Imagine the digital world as a bustling highway, where data packets are vehicles racing to their destinations. In this fast-paced ecosystem, two vital elements determine the efficiency of this traffic: latency and throughput. Let’s unravel the mystery behind these terms and examine their significance in our everyday online experiences. Latency: The Waiting Game Latency is [...]

Introducing Volt Active(ISU): Zero-Downtime Upgrades to Improve the Engine While It’s Running

February 20, 2024
Enterprise customers that require ‘five nines’ availability need it as a guarantee, not just a vague promise. That’s why we’ve introduced Volt In-Service Upgrade  “Active(ISU)”, which allows you to upgrade clusters without having to shut anything down. When all the nodes have been updated, the features of the new version will become active. Active(ISU) will [...]
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