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URLs – Following the Trail of Associative Thinking

URLs – Following the Trail of Associative Thinking

We all understand that the human mind does not operate in a linear fashion. Despite this, people routinely rely on linearly arranged materials (reports, spreadsheets, articles, etc.) to review or study new information. Such materials are often organized into sections on individual topics, with each section consisting of paragraphs featuring a specific idea (effectively building(…)

Split Brain Condition in Distributed Systems

Split Brain Condition in Distributed Systems

Today’s application software runs in the complex environment of interdependent services connected in a network. Users don’t even think about it and many software developers give networks little more consideration than electricity. Meanwhile… Processes, servers, NICs, switches, and local and wide area networks can all fail, with real economic consequences. Network outages can suddenly occur in(…)

SlashDB and Data Analysis

SlashDB and Data Analysis

An increasingly popular trend in IT and business intelligence is data analysis. At SlashDB, we celebrate this trend as it contributes to the rising awareness of data’s amazing capabilities. Data analysis tools allow for the construction of predictive models that enable businesses to anticipate the needs of their customers – changing customer service into a(…)

Is Amazon CTO’s Call for Simplified Solutions a Shout-Out to SlashDB?

Is Amazon CTO’s Call for Simplified Solutions a Shout-Out to SlashDB?

SlashDB is proud to share the news that leading technologist and CTO of Amazon, Werner Vogels, recently posted an article on API technology that mirrors our own beliefs and technological developments. Vogels’ article examines technology trends of 2016, specifically the benefits of adopting API technology. Vogels’ thoughts and ideas about API technology and development so(…)

API Gateways – Gateways to the Future

API Gateways – Gateways to the Future

Amazon recently created a stir when they released their very own API Gateway. Their announcement generated a new interest and, in some cases, renewed interest in APIs and API gateways. At SlashDB, we’re glad for any news that stirs up API and API gateway chatter – after all APIs and databases are kind of our thing.(…)

SlashDB at the API Strategy and Practice Conference

SlashDB at the API Strategy and Practice Conference

SlashDB is proud to announce that founder and CEO, Victor Olex, had the honor of giving a presentation at the most recent API Strategy and Practice Conference. Olex, acting as SlashDB’s representative, presented a talk on API advancements and development, sharing the stage with representatives from Walgreens, CapitalOne, Intuit, and Datafiniti. Olex, a proponent and(…)

The Frustrating Fallacy of All in One Location Data Storage

The Frustrating Fallacy of All in One Location Data Storage

Storing all of your data in one location also known as data warehousing sounds convenient – all of the information you need in a single location – but there are a number of downsides to an all-in- one-location set-up. At SlashDB we’re dedicated to creating quick, convenient, and highly accessible databases. That’s why we have(…)

How to Prepare Your API for Holiday Traffic

How to Prepare Your API for Holiday Traffic

Did you hear that web’s fiber optic wires light up in different colors during Holiday season? Well, we are not certain that’s true, but without a doubt holiday shopping online is now more popular than ever. Just to drive the point home, PracticalEcommerce predicts that online retail will increase by 13.9% in 2015.1 If that’s not enough to motivate(…)

SlashDB Creates an API for Twitter Challenge

SlashDB Creates an API for Twitter Challenge

  Slash DB is proud to share our work for API Evangelist. Earlier this month, API Evangelist issued a Twitter challenge to create an API for Ranking Digital Rights data. We’re happy to say that we not only accepted this challenge, but succeeded in creating the API in just a few short hours. This quick(…)

Invitation to the API Strategy and Practice Conference

Invitation to the API Strategy and Practice Conference

We are excited to announce that our founder and CEO, Victor Olex, will be speaking alongside delegates from Walgreens, Intuit and CapitalOne at the 2015 API Strategy and Practice Conference taking place in Austin, Texas November 18th – November 20th. The API Strategy and Practice conference is a vendor neutral and community supported API industry conference.(…)

SlashDB Helps Aruba Win #1 Spot in Digital Marketing Index

SlashDB Helps Aruba Win #1 Spot in Digital Marketing Index

Together with ConceptFarm, a leading digital marketing agency in New York, we are delighted to share with you the recent success of our client, Aruba.com. Caribbean & Co. reports that the happy island of Aruba ranks No. 1 out of 35 Caribbean islands for overall “destination marketing index 2015.” Aruba also ranks No. 1 out(…)

Jim The COO and Bret The Evil Database Manager Episode 1: Getting some REST

Jim The COO and Bret The Evil Database Manager Episode 1: Getting some REST

Jim decided that Bret must be evil. Pure, unadulterated, taking-candy-from-a-laughing-baby evil. How else could you explain it? Only a man of malicious intent would put Jim into this position. He was sure that he had lapped the office at least one million times looking for the elusive database manager. His legs were tired and he(…)

Flashback Friday: The Invisible Giant

Flashback Friday: The Invisible Giant

This week at SlashDB we want to honor our computer science forebear, Dennis Ritchie, in our Flashback Friday blog series. Ritchie is the creator of the programming language C, which basically means he is the creator of digital life as we know it. For those of you who don’t know, C and its successors are(…)

Flashback Friday: Computer Scientist Who Invented Debugging

Flashback Friday: Computer Scientist Who Invented Debugging

This week at SlashDB we honor Grace Hopper as our Flashback Friday forebear. Hopper is one of the most accomplished and well-known computer scientists in history – having famously popularized the terms “bug” and “debugging” 1 we so often use today. While many remember Hopper only for her association with these terms, her accomplishments in(…)

Flashback Friday: Charles Bachman

Flashback Friday: Charles Bachman

We currently live in a world filled with technological possibilities. Computers and software like SlashDB help us in our daily lives by providing us with information, helping us track information, and storing information – streamlining our lives, allowing us to work smarter, not harder. Flashback Friday is about acknowledging our computer science forebears, remembering their(…)

CIOReview: API as a Foundation for Systems of Engagement

CIOReview: API as a Foundation for Systems of Engagement

Influential technology management magazine CIOReview features two-page opinion piece from SlashDB’s founder and CEO Victor Olex: “APIs as a Foundation for Systems of Engagement“. Whereas cloud-to-cloud benefits of APIs have been covered at length elsewhere, Mr. Olex looks at APIs from the perspective of larger organizations with legacy systems on premises. Learn how enterprises extend those(…)

The Database Search Engine: Your Information Librarian

The Database Search Engine: Your Information Librarian

Navigating databases can be tough. This can be true for Computer Wizards and Average Joes alike. Whether it’s the way your data is organized, or simply the amount of data you keep track of, it can be difficult to keep it all in your head. This is frustrating because the goal of a database is to organize.(…)

Graph Façade API over Relational Data

Graph Façade API over Relational Data

Writing SQL queries can be a lot of work. This work feels especially tedious if you made upfront investment into designing a well normalized database model. With all those relationships already declared, why must we specify all those JOIN statements in queries again? Consider this database model for an online music store. It has tables for Artists, Albums(…)

Turn a database into a website or API with SlashDB

Turn a database into a website or API with SlashDB

Software is eating the world, according to Marc Andreessen. SlashDB aims to make that more palatable for all those organizations with existing IT assets. Source: Turn a database into a website or API with SlashDB by Ben Kepes, Industry commentator

SlashDB Can Turn Any Data Source Into A Website – TechCrunch

SlashDB Can Turn Any Data Source Into A Website – TechCrunch

Most programmers like two things: pizza and things that make their work easier. That’s why I was especially interested in SlashDB, a product that purports to turn any data source into accessible XML, JSON, or HTML. Created by programmer Victor Olex, the system allows you to connect almost any data to the web in a(…)

SlashDB ver. 0.8 Debuts on Microsoft Azure

SlashDB ver. 0.8 Debuts on Microsoft Azure

The latest version of SlashDB launches on Microsoft’s cloud — a direct result of a partnership agreement between VT Enterprise and Microsoft. Pricing starts at $0/hr. SlashDB is an automatic REST API for databases. The product instantly enhances existing web-based systems with a flexible data API for reading and writing in JSON, XML and CSV formats. Using(…)

Databases at Scale Part Three: The Reality of Transactional Apps – The New Stack

Databases at Scale Part Three: The Reality of Transactional Apps – The New Stack

The growth of cloud computing, the transformative potential of hyperlocal and contextual products […], and the growth of mobile apps in the enterprise and beyond are all driving a need for robust database architecture that can manage real-time data transactions and analysis from high-volumes of simultaneous users accessing data around the globe. […] “Traditional databases(…)

SlashDB Puts 2014 to REST

SlashDB Puts 2014 to REST

We are saying our goodbyes to 2014 with the final update to version 0.7 of SlashDB. Amazing new features await in 0.8, so stay tuned, but in the meantime, here’s… What’s New SlashDB ver. 0.7.39 Final revision of the 0.7 version contains over 20 improvements and fixes including: Improved conformance to REST/HTTP standard by adding(…)

Is Software as a Service a Good Choice for Your Business?

Is Software as a Service a Good Choice for Your Business?

Does your business utilize online tools to increase productivity or access functionality not easily available from desktop software? Chances are the answer is yes and that you have heard of SaaS, but are you aware of risks and dangers associated with it and how to avoid them? SaaS is the acronym for “software as a(…)

SlashDB Donates to OpenSSL Software Foundation

SlashDB Donates to OpenSSL Software Foundation

Today SlashDB (VT Enterprise LLC) mailed a check with the contribution of $2,304 to The OpenSSL Software Foundation. The funds were raised from our “I Heartbleed OpenSSL” t-shirt sale campaigns, which ran in April and May, contributing $2,048 and $256 dollars respectively. Says Victor Olex, founder and CEO of VT Enterprise and SlashDB: “It is(…)

SlashDB Sponsors National Day of Civic Hacking

SlashDB Sponsors National Day of Civic Hacking

Yesterday, we participated as a sponsor in the National Day of Civic Hacking hackathon in Jersey City, NJ. The event was organized by OpenJC and Code for Newark, which are local chapters (brigades) of Code for America, a non-profit that helps residents and governments harness technology to solve community problems. We feel privileged to be in a(…)

SlashDB Launches a YouTube Channel

SlashDB Launches a YouTube Channel

Learn about SlashDB, data integration and web APIs from SlashDB YouTube Channel. Here are some videos from our All about SlashDB playlist: What is SlashDB? SlashDB explained in just over a minute. How to Setup SlashDB? Did you know that it literally can take just minutes to setup SlashDB for your database? From zero to(…)

I Heartbleed OpenSSL

I Heartbleed OpenSSL

The vulnerability in OpenSSL has shocked the Internet community and has reverberated up and down society layers worldwide. UPDATE 25-Apr-2014: After our original campaign ended oversubscribed we got featured in the New York Times. Now, by popular demand we are relaunching the campaign for 200 more t-shirts. Is Open Source Safe? Can the free and(…)

SlashDB API for Data Science vs. Tools Like Oracle BI

SlashDB API for Data Science vs. Tools Like Oracle BI

We are often asked how SlashDB compares to Oracle BI or other business intelligence software. Well, the main difference is that SlashDB provides unobstructed access to data for reading and writing, while those tools can only display data already nicely formatted for end users. In addition to that SlashDB works both internally and does not(…)

Innovative Technology is Best Absorbed with Breakfast

Innovative Technology is Best Absorbed with Breakfast

Get up early and meet New York Tech Innovators in a monthly breakfast event, where up to five different technologists demo their technologies from a wide range of industries ranging from software to hardware, IT to Biotech, robotics to space tech. Next Event: February 11th, 8am @AOL 770 Broadway, 6th Floor, New York, NY (Entrance on 9th(…)

SlashDB Airzooka Raffle at PyData

SlashDB Airzooka Raffle at PyData

Welcome back, here’s a short blast from the past, a video featuring SlashDB that we just discovered on the web. In November last year we were proud sponsors of the PyData conference. In this lightning talk we are outlining SlashDB’s main benefits. After the presentation we are using random number generator in Google Spreadsheet to(…)

How Bloomberg Uses REST APIs

How Bloomberg Uses REST APIs

Bloomberg Industry Leaderboard Uses REST API for Financial Data Visualization; Imagine What You Could be Doing with Your Data Assets If you have visited Bloomberg’s website lately you may have noticed a new tool called Bloomberg Industry Leaderboard, which is a part of their Visual Data site. The Leaderboard presents fundamental data about 600 leading global(…)

20 Business Models for Web APIs and How to Be Ready

20 Business Models for Web APIs and How to Be Ready

Whether your are aiming for driving innovation, building partnerships or for an opportunity to expand your service or product, you need to know about business models that can be adopted to accomplish your goals with web APIs. Our own clients typically begin with just one business reason for building an API, but they are ready(…)

Leaders From FullContact, Ancestry.com, Urban Mapping and SlashDB Discuss the Future of Data

Leaders From FullContact, Ancestry.com, Urban Mapping and SlashDB Discuss the Future of Data

Victor Olex represented the SlashDB team on a panel about the future of data at the API Strategy & Practice conference. See the video below for  an hour-long session of different perspectives on the topic or fast forward to minute 44 for the best part 😉 We thank the organizers API Evangelist and 3Scale for(…)

Data Scientists Descend on New York to Attend PyData 2013

Data Scientists Descend on New York to Attend PyData 2013

PyData Conference beings Nov. 8th and runs through Sunday, Nov 10th at JPMorgan’s offices downtown Manhattan. Hundreds of data scientists, engineers and analysts are expected to attend this unique and highly technical event. SlashDB a Proud Sponsor Data science and quantitative analysis are huge use cases for SlashDB, and we are very pleased to be(…)

Are Resource Oriented Architectures the Future of Data APIs?

Are Resource Oriented Architectures the Future of Data APIs?

Fresh from the API Strategy & Practice – slides from The Future of Data session. SlashDB’s founder Victor Olex gave talk on this topic at the API Strategy & Practice conference yesterday. One participant remarked that the talk was in Tim O’Reilly style, entertaining but also with a solid basis in facts and history. We(…)

SlashDB Now Available through Amazon Web Services Marketplace

SlashDB Now Available through Amazon Web Services Marketplace

As announced at the API Strategy & Practice conference today, SlashDB is now available on Amazon’s Web Services Marketplace. Getting listed on the AWS Marketplace is an important milestone in the history of SlashDB because having your product featured on this particular marketplace is difficult due to standards and criteria that have to be met.(…)

Meet with SlashDB at the API Strategy & Practice Conference Oct. 23rd – 25th

Meet with SlashDB at the API Strategy & Practice Conference Oct. 23rd – 25th

SlashDB will be making an appearance in this year’s API Strategy & Practice Conference. Stay tuned for major announcement from us on Thursday. API Strategy and Practice is a vendor neutral and community supported API industry conference to connect API Practitioners and allow them to show case API’s to build traction in different communities. This(…)

VT Enterprise Meets with Polish and U.S. Trade Officials

VT Enterprise Meets with Polish and U.S. Trade Officials

SlashDB producer, vt.enterprise was among a select few companies invited to participate in a series of events with Polish economic delegation on Wednesday and Thursday this week in New York City. Polish President Bronisław Komorowski, Vice-Minister of Economy Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik, president of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development Bożena Lublińska-Kasprzak, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade,(…)

Big Data or Linked Data?

Big Data or Linked Data?

Roberto V. Zicari, editor of ODBMS.org has recently published an interview with a practicing data scientist John Goodwin about using semantic web technologies such as RDF to cope with large amount of data in disparate sources. Says Goodwin: Linked data is great for data integration – a common data language makes it easy (or rather(…)

SlashDB Adds Support for 3Scale API Management Service

SlashDB Adds Support for 3Scale API Management Service

We are pleased to officially announce that we have added support for 3Scale API Management service in SlashDB. Powerful Technology Combination With /db‘s capability to generate API on the Fly™ directly from databases this level integration creates the most powerful combo to quickly and reliably launch, manage and safeguard REST/HTTP APIs. API metering, billing and developer portal(…)

Top 10 Databases League Table

Top 10 Databases League Table

According to the DBEngines.com website the Top 10 Database ranking table is as follows. It is interesting to observe a two orders of magnitude gap from top 3 and the rest of the pack. SlashDB is known to work with all the relational ones but we have not tested it with Teradata yet. If you(…)

See SlashDB Tonight LIVE!

See SlashDB Tonight LIVE!

Come to the #Meetpacking event and experience the best #data #API. We will be conducting one-on-one demo of our software and share the tips how to connect databases to web and mobile applications. Register at https://meetpacking.eventbrite.com/event/7383487209

Double Applause for SlashDB at NYETM

Double Applause for SlashDB at NYETM

The video of our presentation at the last NY Enterprise Technology has been published on YouTube. SlashDB is presented in context of systems of engagement. We discuss how to construct a uniform data architecture spanning enterprise and web. Enterprise CIOs employ /db’s resource-oriented architecture to overcome data silos and shorten time to market for new(…)

TechCrunch Mentions SlashDB in a Piece on Speeding Up Data

TechCrunch Mentions SlashDB in a Piece on Speeding Up Data

“Speed” and “data” are loaded terms that can be hard to cover in one article. TechCrunch has recently published an interesting compilation of perspectives from several leading technology firms that operate in this space. Our founder and chief architect of SlashDB, Victor Olex was quoted about challenges with integrating traditional databases and web-scale information systems.(…)

SlashDB Recognized a Business App of the Month by NYETM

We are very pleased to announce that SlashDB has been recognized the Business App of The Month by New York Enterprise Tech Meetup and will be demonstrated at the event tomorrow. SlashDB seamlessly connects databases to authorized web, mobile and enterprise applications so that database content can be accessed in a uniform way from just about anywhere.(…)

SlashDB Among Tech Partners to the Fintech Hackathon

Come hack with us April 6-7, 2013 at the Fintech Hackathon in NYC. Win $10,000 + exposure to thought leaders in the industry. SlashDB is pleased to be a technology partner to the event among esteemed financial and web technology businesses such as: 10gen, Bloomberg, Caplin, CardFlight, Disqus, Dwolla, Estimize, Kaazing, Oanda, OpenFin, OpenGamma, StockTwits, Tradable, Xignite and Zipmark. Special thanks to Nick(…)

SlashDB ver. 0.7 Released, Improved UX and Admin Functions

SlashDB version 0.7 has just come out. This time, improvements focus on three things: user experience,  robust system administrator functionality and enhanced authorization mechanisms. Try the new SlashDB and you will appreciate the benefits of data accessibility from anywhere. Here’s what’s new in 0.7: For data scientists, business analysts SlashDB has this dual personality. It(…)

Database Gateway for Mobile and Web Apps

Many organizations are now building dedicated mobile solutions and most of them will face a dilemma of how to access internal databases on those devices. Direct connection is not an option due to firewalls and neither is VPN because phones can go out of network coverage at any moment. Some fall back on periodic synchronization(…)

SlashDB at the API Strategy & Practice Conference

SlashDB will be used to illustrate the talk on enterprise systems of engagement. You can catch our talk on Friday, Feb. 22nd, between 1:35pm-3pm, 429 Stage, API Strategy & Practice Conference, Westin Grand Central, New York, NY. “Data API as a Foundation for Systems of Engagement” Enterprise evolution to systems of engagement will only succeed(…)

Avoid VPN for Database Applications

That something can be done it doesn’t mean you should do it. Sharing a database server over VPN using public Internet is ripe with problems. SQL database servers are designed for fast and reliable local area networks where constant connection between client and server can be maintained. VPN tunnels often shut down when there is(…)

Mobile App in a few clicks using SlashDB and KendoUI

As a quick experiment this afternoon, we clicked our way through a tutorial to KendoUI and modified it slightly to show data from the SlashDB demo instance. As you can see in the picture a simulated iOS app is displaying data from a SlashDB URL. There are two code parts that make up the app.(…)

SlashDB Applauded at PyData Conference

SlashDB lightning talk at the PyData conference was received with a round of applause. Please contact us to discuss /db features in context of your work or to schedule a dedicated presentation.

Prospective Clients and Curious Investors Visit our Booth at the NY Business Expo

We were overwhelmed by the interest we received at the New York Business Expo last week. Assetcloud and /db drew prospects from businesses as diverse as: Financial Services Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Eneregy Web Development Mobile Applications Development Technology Consulting Cloud Infrastructure and Service Providers Besides prospective clients we were approached by representatives of venture capital(…)

Turn any Database into an Online Resource with Assetcloud Powered by /db

Turn any Database into an Online Resource with Assetcloud Powered by /db

The news is out. November, 14-15 we will be exhibiting /db at the NY Business Expo, booth #66 at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. Come join us, see /db in action. Turn Any Database into an Online Resource with VT Enterprise Assetcloud Powered By /db Financial industry first to adopt Assetcloud powered by /db to cope with(…)

Lighting talk at PyData tomorrow. See /db ver. 0.6 in action.

Tomorrow we are giving a lightning talk at the PyData conference. We will speak about what /db is, why we designed it as a REST API and will show a demo of the latest version of our product. Time permitting we will cover: Benefits of Resource Oriented Architecture in data integration Use as a gateway(…)

Let’s meet at the NYC Data Week!

The New York City Data Week is in full swing and we are representing! Selected events in which we will be participating: 10/24/2012 (tonight) Data Innovation in Finance panel and the Python Meetup 10/25/2012 (Thursday) Data Innovation Across the City Panel 10/26 – 10/27 PyData conference (lightning talk, exact schedule to follow) 10/28/2012 (Sunday) PyData Hackathon – last but(…)

“Big Data. Social Media.” Was a Good Event

The Data Warehousing Institute and Information Builders invited us to participate in their half-day conference “Big Data. Social Media.“. The event took place today in New York at the Information Builders headquarters. We enjoyed listening to diverse group of speakers including KPMG Business Intelligence Practice Director Glenn Peipert, startup Bundle.com Chief Data Scientist Alex Hasha(…)

See you at the NJ Spark Summit 2012

We will be participating in the NJ Spark Summit conference tomorrow in Hoboken, NJ. The agenda looks very interesting and we are hoping for good networking in between the talks.

Resource Oriented Architecture Among Solutions to Data Silos

Resource Oriented Architecture Among Solutions to Data Silos

Inside Reference Data magazine in article “Transparent Demands” by Michael Shashoua refers to our opinion on using Resource Oriented Architecture to combat data silos and achieve greater data transparency. Subscription is required to read but free trial is available or see the snippet below. Dismantling Data Silos Services such as Bloomberg’s BVAL, launched about two(…)

/db added to ProgrammableWeb

/db has been included in ProgrammableWeb, a community curated, prestigious index of web APIs. Dear agilevic, The SlashDB API is now live on ProgrammableWeb. You can view it here: http://www.programmableweb.com/api/slashdb Thanks for sharing it with our community. Let us know if there’s anything we can do to help. Best regards, The ProgrammableWeb Team

Mortgage Bond Analytics Firm Selects Assetcloud

Assetcloud, a /db – based custom solution for delivering market data, securities reference data, risk management and customer account data as a web service, has been chosen by leading mortgage bond analytics company. Assetcloud will enhance client access to their platform from a centralized and secure cloud vs. on-premise deployment, while enabling friction-less implementation and delivery of(…)

/db ver. 0.5 is out; features security enhancements

SlashDB version 0.5 is out. We have focused on enhancements to user credentials, authorization schemes and added two ways for user authentication. In addition to security enhancements new features were added to URLs namely vectors, sorting and uniqueness. Finally, the user interface although not the most important aspect of the product has gotten a nice(…)

See you at the Amazon Web Services Summit 2012

Head’s up! We will be participating in the Amazon Web Services summit next week. The event will take place on April, 19th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York.

/db Demo Site Gets Google Search

We have added Google Custom Search to our /db live demo website. Since /db generates links to related records, Google’s web crawler was able to seamlessly index entire database. All we had to do is just add a search box and instantly our database content became searchable. This can be a powerful feature when deploying(…)

RESTful Data Federation in Context of Quantitative Analysis

/db is at the heart of our custom Assetcloud solutions for banks and hedge funds. Our presentation and a live demo of Assetcloud was very well received at the inaugural QuantCloud 2012 conference in New York City. VT Enterprise shared the stage with PiCloud, Enthought, Microsoft, Lambda Foundry and Kaavo. To view the interactive presentation from the(…)

/db ver. 0.4 released

New version of /db has been released. Performance improvements to XML generator, new configuration options, and new relationship traversing algorithm are among “What’s new”.

Work wraps in 0.3.x branch

Another batch of improvements has just been reintegrated into the stable branch of code. Among changes are better and faster internals and improvements to configuration files. We have also successfully completed testing with MS SQL Server 2008 R2, which happens to be a database server of choice at one of our early adopters. These will be the(…)

Hello world!

Welcome to /db product presentation site. We will use this forum to communicate new releases and other news and events related to SlashDB. Stay tuned for more.