Review: Amazon Aurora rocks MySQL

The 20-year-old MySQL database is the world’s most widely used open source RDBMS, and it’s especially prevalent in Web applications built on the usual Linux stack. The common wisdom is that MySQL will give you good read performance in a multiuser, multithreaded scenario until your application becomes big enough to push the limits of the database.

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Alibaba sets up second data center in the US in $1B cloud expansion

Continuing the expansion of its AliCloud cloud computing business, Alibaba Group is setting up a second data center in Silicon Valley.

The Chinese company said customers could apply from Monday for  services from the data center, which will span over 10 cloud services including Elastic Compute Service, offering scalable computing services, an Analytic Database Service that provides real-time, high-concurrency online analytical processing, and a Cloud Monitor System using an open platform for the real-time monitoring of sites and servers.

Alibaba did not respond to a request for more information on the new data center.

The company said earlier this year that it was investing US$1 billion in its cloud computing business.  It launched its first data center in Silicon Valley in March, confirming its ambitions to enter the U.S. market.

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7 new business books you must read this fall

Being a leader is a constant exercise in self-education. You never reach the pinnacle of perfect leadership ability or knowledge, mostly because the world keeps changing – and so do the projects, teams, and objectives of the company you’re leading. 

To help, these recent and forthcoming books for fall offer some keen insights about leadership, technology trends and personal productivity. They were hand-picked to help business leaders grow, to challenge a rote way of thinking. Some are surprisingly counter-intuitive, but each one is worth reading as a way to expand your thinking and knowledge.

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1. Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time – Jeffrey Pfeffer 

This book on leadership makes some bold claims about how to lead. One of the key points is that the trend in management to show your feelings and reveal your inner thoughts might be causing problems. Good leaders usually need to stick to proven leadership formulas. The book suggests that we want to have a father or mother figure who is warm and caring, but research shows the opposite – that leaders need to be strategic and bold. 

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