Storage Systems

Apache Hadoop: the framework for Big Data

Apache Hadoop: distributed storage architecture for data quantities

Are you looking to execute complicated computing processes with large amounts of data? This is exactly what the Big Data framework, Hadoop, focuses on. The open source Apache software offers a Java based frame with which various Big Data applications on computer clusters can be parallelized. Hadoop’s modular expandability, which offers users an enormous range of functions, is a particularly...

CRUD – the most important database operations

CRUD: the basis for data management

It won’t take long for those looking to get into to software development to encounter the term CRUD. The acronym stands for the typical operations used for communicating with database systems; these normally form the basis of database management. But just how are these access functions for data management actually set up? And how much of role does CRUD play when it comes to the databases’...

How to Protect Access to your Cloud

Using cloud services securely

In the digital age, we are increasingly resorting to cloud services: At work, people collaborate on projects together in the cloud, and in their free time, they share photos from their last vacation. At the same time, cloud storage is by no means free from security risks. The multi-cloud environments of larger companies, in particular, are becoming a challenge for cloud security. Here, we will...

How does data backup work for databases?

Backing up your database

Backing up your data is a popular option for securing your database. In order to create backup copies, you need additional hardware and to install a suitable backup structure. How do you secure your own network and web server against attacks and proceed to protect your databases?

Fog computing

Fog computing: decentralized approach for IoT clouds

Traditionally, cloud solutions are designed for central data processing. IoT devices generate data, send it to a central computing platform in the cloud, and await a response. However, with large-scale cloud architectures, such a system inevitably leads to bandwidth problems. For future projects such as connected cities and smart manufacturing, classic cloud computing is a hindrance to growth. The...

Relational Databases

The relational database model

With relational database systems, you use tables to store and manage information. This sounds simple but involves quite complex concepts such as normal forms, key relationships, and JOINs. This article will introduce the basics of the relational database model, compare its advantages and disadvantages, and delimit this type of data storage from alternative approaches, like object databases,...

The best online backup services

Comparing the best online backup services

Many people use several devices and have data stored on them. What should you do if your data carrier fails or the data gets lost? Backing up data is extremely important and an online backup makes perfect sense. By doing this, you don’t risk losing your important files due to a system crash or criminal activitiy. What is the best option? Here is a comparison of online backup service providers.

Create a ZIP file

Create a ZIP File: compress your files

Send multiple images and videos via email, archive large amounts of data without using too much space, or encrypt confidential documents - you can do all of this by zipping files. We show you how to create a compressed ZIP file in Windows as well as macOS in our step-by-step guide. We also show you how to protect your files with a password if needed. This way, you can manage your storage space...

Server failure – what to do?

Server failure: risks, consequences, countermeasures

Server failures can be devastating for businesses, especially if central business areas are controlled by IT systems since the longer the server is down, the costlier is it for the company. This can result in loss of sales and in the worst case, the loss of business or customer data. Here we demonstrate the internal and external sources of danger that can lead to server failure, explain the...

ownCloud vs. Nextcloud: A Comparison

ownCloud vs. Nextcloud: comparing cloud storage services

Those who want to make use of an online storage service, while still retaining full control over their data, can do this by hosting their own cloud storage server. Two solutions that can be used on almost any server and web space are ownCloud and Nextcloud. This article explores the similarities and differences between them.