Oracle takes a new twist on MySQL: Adding data warehousing to the cloud service

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MySQL, the open source relational database that came to Oracle through the Sun Microsystems acquisition, originated as a relatively simple relational database that was known for one task: transaction processing. In an announcement today, Oracle is unveiling an extended version of MySQL that takes it into data warehousing territory. It is releasing a new managed MySQL database service on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) that will support both transaction and analytic processing workloads.

That creates a key change for MySQL users. With few if any analytic options open, MySQL users typically resorted to ETL to move data to a separate database if they needed a data warehouse. In the new Oracle cloud service, it’s part of the same offering, and thanks to liberal use of in-memory technology, eliminates the need to run ETL.

Until now, MySQL has been primarily restricted to transaction processing as it lacks features, such as support for

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Seattle startup Flexe raises $70M as e-commerce rise fuels demand for flexible warehousing platform

The Flexe team, pre-pandemic. (Flexe Photo)

Flexe is raising more capital ahead of schedule as the pandemic-driven e-commerce boom spurs faster-than-expected growth for its warehousing technology platform.

The Seattle startup announced a $70 million Series C round led by new investor T. Rowe Price, with participation from existing backers Activate Capital, Tiger Global, Madrona Venture Group, Redpoint Ventures, Prologis Ventures, and others. Total funding to date in the 6-year-old company is $134 million.

Flexe originally planned to raise another round sometime next year. But investors were ready to put more fuel into the business given its recent metrics.

“Flexe is poised to become an impactful company in the logistics industry for the long term,” Andrew Davis, director of private investments at T. Rowe Price, said in a statement. T. Rowe Price recently led a $2.5 billion round in electric car maker Rivian and was an early backer of Facebook, Twitter,

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Role Of E-Commerce In Driving Technology Adoption For Indian Warehousing Sector, Post COVID


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Global supply chains and logistics sectors have undergone a major disruption during the past few months, thanks to the pandemic. Several first-time users logged on to e-commerce websites to make safe, virtual purchases for essentials and had a contactless delivery experience at their doorstep. The sector also witnessed a major shift in popular categories, from luxury and lifestyle purchases to shopping for basic essentials such as groceries, medicines, office and school supplies, e-learning tools and even food delivery. As per an impact report released by Uni-commerce, titled E-commerce Trends Report 2020, e-commerce has witnessed an order-volume growth of 17 per cent as of June 2020, and about 65 per cent growth in single brand e-commerce platforms.

However, in-spite of challenges such as manufacturing slowdown, shortage

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