Baby Born With Heart Outside Her Chest Saved by Surgery

first_img 22 Views   no discussions Tweet Share HealthLifestyle Baby Born With Heart Outside Her Chest Saved by Surgery by: – November 22, 2012 Sharecenter_img Audrina Cardenas was born with her heart outside her body. (ABC News)Five weeks ago, Audrina Cardenas was born with her heart outside her body. The condition is usually fatal. But Audrina has survived, and doctors are hopeful after they performed surgery to tuck her heart back where it belongs.Audrina had a rare congenital malformation known as “ectopia cordis,” where the heart is abnormally located either partially or totally outside the chest. Audrina was born on Oct. 15 with her heart exposed.Eight babies out of every million are born with her condition and 90 percent of the eight are either stillborn or die within the first three days of life.A statement by Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where Audrina was born and operated on, said that on Oct. 16 “a multidisciplinary team of surgeons at Texas Children’s saved Audrina’s life during a miraculous six hour open-heart surgery where they reconstructed her chest cavity to make space for the one-third of her heart that was outside of her body.”Audrina’s mother, Ashley Cardenas of Odessa, Texas, told ABCNews.com she learned of the baby’s condition when she was 16 weeks pregnant.“I was told that it is a very rare condition and that the survival rates are really low and that if she did survive they don’t know what kind of life she will have,” she said.“They gave me the option to terminate the pregnancy, continue with the pregnancy and do something called comfort care at the time of delivery, where instead of doing anything painful to her or do surgery they let you spend as much time with her until she passes, or opt for a high-risk surgery to help repair the heart,” said Cardenas.Cardenas decided to carry on with the pregnancy despite low chances of Audrina’s survival.“As soon as I made my decision to continue with the pregnancy, the physicians in Midland referred me to Texas Children’s Hospital where a team of miracle workers provided the specialized treatment and care my baby and I both needed,” she said.“This risky operation on such an uncommon condition required specialists from a variety of care teams including cardiovascular surgery, plastic surgery and general pediatric surgery,” Dr. Charles D. Fraser, surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and professor of surgery and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) told ABCNews.com.“I have only seen this condition a few times in my career and these are always very tricky cases; in fact, many of these babies do not survive … Audrina is a true fighter and we are so excited that this was a good outcome,” he said.“She’s a fortunate child to have gotten through difficult circumstances. She is a very strong baby and is also fortunate because her other systems are normal,” said Dr. Fraser, who added that it was promising that she still is showing improvements.“We’re not definitive about her prognosis, but so far, so good. We are very optimistic about the long-term prognosis. The baby will probably have to have operations in the future. Her sternum is about half formed but these are things we can deal with,” said Fraser.“Despite Audrina’s misplaced heart, she was born with no other syndromes or genetic conditions that would cause additional stress or complications on her heart,” Dr. Carolyn Altman, a pediatric cardiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at BCM, told ABCNews.com.Dr. Larry Hollier, chief of plastic surgery at Texas Children’s, played a key role in the surgery. “After reducing the heart into the chest we needed to mobilize the surrounding soft skin tissue to cover the heart itself to get it back in,” he said when explaining his part of the surgery.Audrina is still at Texas Children’s for an open-ended stay, said Dr. Fraser. “It would be a great blessing if she can celebrate Christmas with all of us at home,” said Audrina’s mother. “I want to tell the team at the hospital, ‘Thank you for everything.’ If it wasn’t for them and the grace of God she wouldn’t be here,” she said.By DINA ABOU SALEM, ABC News Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Steel Sensations…They’re Terrible

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons lays on the field after sustaining an apparent injury while breaking up a pass in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Cleveland. Cleveland won 31-10. (AP Photo/David Richard)At 3-3, the Steelers record indicates they are an average team, still alive for all their hopes and dreams. Well, they’re not.They are a horrible football team right now, incapable of beating the Buccaneers at home or the Browns on the road. They’re a team who is playing like one of the worst in the league and it’s time to really start questioning where the issues really are.You have to start at the top. Kevin Colbert must be questioned at this point. There needs to be a microscope on how he’s evaluating talent. The bulk of his draft picks have not panned out over the last five years or so, save a few exceptions; and the first round picks have largely failed to live up to expectations.One must also wonder how he’s assessing talent in his current locker room as it appears he’s decided to pass on need areas over the past few years for some unknown reason.This past draft is a prime example as he passed on grabbing a top Corner in favor of taking Ryan Shazier. I don’t know what type of player Shazier will turn out to be but the secondary is atrocious. Instead, he gave Cortez Allen, who’s a marginal player at best, an extension. The 2013 off season saw him let Keenan Lewis, a top corner, walk away via free agency. What is he doing and why is he doing it?It’s not just Colbert; what are the coaches doing with the players they have? I’m tired of hearing that the players aren’t able to execute the schemes. Well, that may be because Colbert isn’t drafting the right talent but the coaches jobs are to scheme for the talent they have. So if the schemes aren’t working, change them. It’s an indictment on the lack of ability that the coaching staff has.People like to point out that aside from Tomlin, the Steelers have three other coaches on the staff that have been head coaches in the league. That’s true; Todd Haley, Dick LeBeau and Mike Munchak have all been head coaches in the league. All were fired, for their inability to win. So what’s the value there?One thing these guys have proven is they are either unwilling or unable to make any kind of adjustments and the league has not only caught up to them, they’ve passed them, by leaps and bounds.The theme remains the same, big plays aren’t happening, discipline is missing, the talent is lacking, the schemes and game plans don’t change and the Steelers keep getting beaten and beaten badly.With the next two games against the Texans and Colts, the best case scenario is a 4-4 record but don’t be shocked to see them at 3-5 and essentially out of the mix.The bottom line is this, they aren’t good, they haven’t been in a couple seasons and instead of hitting the plateau and heading back up, they are going down and the ship appears to be sinking fast.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

Women’s Tennis Earns Three Wins Saturday at Gopher Invitational

first_imgPlay at the Gopher Invitational concludes Sunday with doubles and singles matches. Print Friendly Version Following morning doubles action, singles matches were contested as Neville edged UNI’s Caro 7-6 (5), 6-2 while Minnesota’s Merzbacher and Zhang edged Walczak and Hales 6-3, 6-1 and 6-2, 6-3, respectively. In doubles play during the morning, sophomore Carmen Palumbo (McLean, Va.) and junior Sophia Haleas (Clarendon Hill, Ill.) lost to Nebraska’s Reifeis/Haakenstad 3-6 and then beat UNI’s Lynch/Merrick 6-4. Freshmen Kelsey Neville (Antioch, Ill.) and Daria Walczak (Lodz, Poland) lost to South Dakota’s Lazarvich/Kmoshkova 3-6 and then defeated North Dakota’s Sullivan/Kassilingam 6-2.center_img MINNEAPOLIS – The Drake University women’s tennis team earned a pair of doubles wins and one singles victory on the third day of the Gopher Invitational Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Baseline Tennis Center.last_img read more

Moulton returns to form at Redwood Acres

first_imgThe drivers in the Mid-City World Motor Super Six Late Model Challenge Series sent out a statement of intent before the main event at the Redwood Acres on Saturday, with just half a second separating the top three qualifiers.Mic Moulton set fastest lap, with George Young winning the first heat race and Luke Hall taking the second heat and pole position for the NorthCoast Lighting & Electric main event.The feature race, however, belonged to Moulton, who moved up through the field from fourth …last_img

Sharks’ All Star Game experience ends with ‘terrible outcome’

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.SAN JOSE — As Brent Burns attempted to put a positive spin on the Sharks home All Star Game at SAP Center, he was interrupted by teammate Erik Karlsson.“The crowd was awesome. Good energy,” Burns said.“Terrible outcome,” Karlsson interjected. Walt Whitman couldn’t have picked better words to describe the Sharks’ experience in Saturday’s three-on-three tournament at the Tank. Instead of witnessing an enduring …last_img

Urban organic agriculture in downtown Joburg

first_imgTurning upmarket bowling greens into food gardens … Volunteers at work tilling the soil to plant organic fruit and vegetables for the Bambanani Food and Herb Garden in Bertrams.Working on the food garden helps build a sense of community among the people living in Bertrams. Many of them, people who have moved to Johannesburg from rural areas, have the skills and knowledge to work the land.(Images: Bambanani Food and Herb Garden)MEDIA CONTACTS• Amon Maluleke076 873 9886• Maria Maseko082 464 9507Bambanani Food and Herb GardenRELATED ARTICLES• AgriHUB helps small-scale KwaZulu-Natal farmers• Africa can produce the food it needs• Kilimo Salama farmers’ safety • Rewarding efforts to save the planet • Farming in the heart of Joburg Discussions about the regeneration of Johannesburg’s inner city usually revolve around refurbishment of buildings and attracting business and residents into the city. But an award-winning project in downtown Johannesburg with the ambitious long-term aim of feeding poor people in the inner city is changing the conversation.Urban farming has taken root in the run-down suburb of Betrams, as part of a municipal programme to revitalise the city. The Bambanani Food and Herb Garden has reclaimed the abandoned bowling greens of the old Bertrams Bowling Club, once a recreation centre reserved for white people during the apartheid era. Now, the lawns have been turned over, furrows tilled, soil fertilised, and vegetables planted and harvested.Earlier in November 2013 the project won the Mma Tshepo Khumbane Award, from the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, for the best community-based natural resources management project in the province. Khumbane is a grassroots activist and the founder of the Water for Food Movement, which works in rural Gauteng. For 40 years she has tried to fight malnutrition and hunger by encouraging small-scale farming.‘No need to go hungry’The brim of Maria Maseko’s hat shades her eyes from the afternoon sun: it’s cloudless summer day with temperatures pushing into the 30s. One of the original volunteers at the Bambanani project, she takes in the familiar view of the dramatic Johannesburg skyline, with the iconic concrete tube of the Ponte Tower, and Ellis Park Stadium. “There is no need for anyone to ever go to bed hungry in Betrams, not when there is access to healthy affordable food right on their doorstep,” she says.Bambanani is just one of a number of art, sport and agriculture projects in downtown Johannesburg that are changing the way Joburgers experience their city. The garden is part of what is called Hope Village, a redevelopment project that includes a cricket oval and recreation centre for the kids of Bertrams and Hillbrow.Started with a R21 000 grant from the city in 2006 for seed and tools and the efforts of a group of 10 volunteers, the garden supplies cheap organic vegetables to the local community, and sells to street hawkers and the Bertrams Spar supermarket. The generosity of sponsors such as Talborne Organics and Jojo Tanks and the passion of people like Maseko and fellow volunteer Amon Maluleke has kept the project growing.Food and memory“We dug up the lawn and planted our first crop by hand,” says Maseko, who recently retired from Johannesburg’s Department of Social Development. “It was hard, backbreaking work but it’s a crucial part of the creation of a diverse ecosystem and an important bonding tool for the local community.”The gardeners use the companion planting method and their harvests are Participatory Guarantee Systems certified as organic. This allows the cooperative to also sell their products at local organic markets.“We grow our tomatoes next to our basil. This gives the tomatoes a rich taste, but more importantly the basil protects the plants from insects,” Maseko explains. She pulls a head of kale, known as shiyama to most Africans, out of the ground. It is a deep green and fills both her palms. It sells at the garden for R15 a head; at a supermarket it’s R30.As the suburb declined over the years, the Bertrams Bowling Club, the site of the garden, fell into disuse. The City of Johannesburg decided its two bowling greens would be better used to grow vegetables. The gardeners now produce an astonishing variety of vegetables, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage, chillies, spinach, kale, onions and butternut. The once-fallow plot is now a bright green space, filled with activity and colour.“This Congolese man brought us seeds indigenous to the Congo,” Maseko says. “He wanted us to plant them so he could he have a taste of home here. Those are the memories food can evoke.”‘They know how to work the land’Bertrams, and Johannesburg, offers a collection of stunning architecture and museums but to a transplant like Amon Maluleke, from rural Limpopo, the city lacked green space that would allow people with the skills to farm vegetables. “People come to the city and want to work in a job where they wear a tie but they don’t have the skills,” he says. “Like me they know how to work the land, they can feed themselves, they can feed their neighbours if they were given the space and the opportunity.”Maluleke came upon the inner city farm in July 2007 after he had been retrenched. He is now assistant groundskeeper at the adjacent cricket oval, home to the Johannesburg Cricket Club, and is studying towards a degree in ornamental horticulture.Bambanani also serves as a gardening academy, training nursery school staff from across the city in the art of vegetable gardening. Across Bertrams school grounds that would have been planted with flowers are now being turned into fertile corners bursting with freshly grown fruit and vegetables. These are, in part, driven by need, but spurred on by the efforts of the volunteers at Bambanani.“In the beginning the idea behind Bambanani was regeneration of the neighbourhood and to improve the health of its residents by making fresh organic fruit and vegetables available to them,” says Maluleke. “It’s taken hold of people’s imaginations. They see the importance of fresh, healthy food and the need for green, working space in the city.”Garden suburb, then and nowOriginally built as a suburb for the professional classes, Bertrams abuts Old Doornfontein, the preferred neighbourhood for the city’s wealthy entrepreneurial classes in the early days of Johannesburg. Today it’s a suburb in transition with a multicultural population of South Africans and African refugees building a vibrant community of small businesses and sports clubs.Bertrams can lay claim to some famous past residents. Robert Baden Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, and colonial magnate Cecil John Rhodes lived on the ridge that today overlooks Ellis Park Stadium. Infamous serial poisoner Daisy de Melker did her misdeeds in the suburb. When it was incorporated into the city in 1897 Bertrams was known for its gardens and stables housing thoroughbred horses. Today it’s a part of the city most people race through with car windows closed and doors locked.What they miss as they speed through the neighbourhood is how the area is becoming a place of fecundity again. On the surface it seems to be on the brink of ecological and social collapse, but if you look closely you will see the green shoots of abundance.last_img read more

Dairy photo highlights and results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Photos by Lea Kimley. Wayne Co.’s David Miley with his Five Year Old Cow. In the Red and White show, Garrett Havens shows his Senior Three Year Old. Adam Wolf of Wayne Co. focuses in on the judge Blake Greiwe, Logan Co., exhibits his Ayrshire. Adam Wolf of Wayne Co. with his Ayrshire In the Ayrshire ring is Ashley Hawvermale with her champion fall calf. Alex Weiss of Weissway Farms exhibits his first place Milking Shorthorn. Royalty in the house! Ruby Withers (left) the 2018 Ohio Milking Shorthorn Princess and Juliana Baker 2018 Ohio Milking Shorthorn Little Ambassador. Madilyn Baker of Carroll Co. circling the ring with her Milking Shorthorn. Madilyn Baker of Carroll Co. shows her Milking Shorthorn. Kristopher Ackley, Logan Co.,picturing his champion Holstein cow The judge selects his overall champion Holstein Aaron Berg of Bellville exhibits his five year old cow Cora Gunkelman of Medina Co. sets up her cow Kristopher Ackley, Logan Co., shows his champion Holstein to the judgeHolsteinTotal animals shown: 111 Exhibitors: 65 YRP Grand Champion (Senior Champion) Exhibitor: Kris Ackley Animal: Chakelburg Evasion Kaught Sire: Belthuis SG Envision- ETSDOB: 2.21.2014 YRP Reserve Grand Champion (Senior Res. Champion) Exhibitor: Taylor Birkemeier Animal: Marste Gold Chip Cher Sire: Mr Chassity Gold ChipDOB: 03.01.2014 YRP Intermediate Champion Exhibitor: Garrett Havens Animal: Brookview Sid Loverslane Sire: Pine-Tree Sid-ET YRP Reserve Intermediate Champion Exhibitor: Brennan Topp Animal: Toppglen Defiant Wowwee Sire: Scientific B Defiant-ET Junior Holstein ChampionExhibitor: Tim GunklemanAnimal: Savage-Leigh Gotta Look-ESire: Pine Tree Sid- ET Junior Holstein Res. ChampionExhibitor: David MileyAnimal: Milry Avalanche GenesseeSire: Dymentholm Mr App Avala Senior Showmanship (15 and over) 1. Marrisa ToppDavid MileyTim GunkelmanVictoria DeamCole Pond Intermediate Showmanship (12-14) 1. Olivia FinkeEmily DeamLauren LamerouxLogan ToppGrace Gunkleman Junior Showmanship (11 and under) 1. Wyatt SchlaughLily FinkeColton ThomasLily ElsassAmelia Sammatinger    Red and WhiteTotal animals shown: 49YRP Grand Champion (Champion Senior) Exhibitor: Madeline Topp Animal: Balmoral Lars Aurianna- Re Sire: Willsboro Larson-ET YRP Reserve Grand Champion (Champion Intermediate) Exhibitor: Elaina Lahmers Animal: Lah-Dale Malone Shine-ReSire: AIR-OSA-MLE-Malone-R YRP Intermediate Res. Champion Exhibitor: Ally Cupps Animal: Pine Tree Rebel 6681-Red-USA Sire: Air Osa Mle Malone- Red- E YRP Senior Res. Champion Exhibitor: David Miley Animal: Miley Redburst GlitzSire: Lookout P Redburst Senior Showmanship (15 and over) 1. David MileyAlly CuppsJenna Griffith Intermediate Showmanship (12-14)Madeline ToppLauren LamoreauCora GunkelmanElania LahmersKody Pond Junior Showmanship (11 and Under)Lilly ElsassLydia KavermanKennley SiegristKaleb PondCarissa Pittman AyshireTotal animals shown: 48 Exhibitors: 23 YRP Grand Champion Exhibitor: Marissa Topp Animal: Toppglen Wishful Thinking Sire: De La Plaine Prime YRP Reserve Grand Champion Exhibitor: Logan Topp Animal: Toppglen Berkelys Wyanet Sire: Palmyra Bending Berkley-ET YRP Junior Champion Exhibitor: Ashley Hawvermale Animal: Hawver Crest Showgirl_ET Sire: Palmyra Berkley Reagan-E YRP Reserve Junior Champion Exhibitor: Kelly Hawvermale Animal: Hawver Crest Showgirl_ET Sire: Palmyra Berkley Reagan-E Senior Showmanship (15 and over) 1. Lane Greiwe 2. Ashley Hawvermale 3. Marissa Topp 4. Emma Days 5. Carson Wyatt Intermediate Showmanship (12-14) 1. Blake Greiwe 2. Maggie Mathews 3. Logan Topp 4. Hailee Rehmert 5. Adam Wolf Junior Showmanship (11 and under) 1. Kelly Hawvermale 2. Kale Hamker 3. Ava Lahmers 4. Levi Rehmert 5. Julianne Headings Milking ShorthornTotal animals shown: 39 Total exhibitors: 20 YRP Grand Champion Exhibitor: Aubree Topp Animal: Topp-View Liriano Sire: Liriano YRP Reserve Grand Champion Exhibitor: Sarah Rhoades Animal: North Stars SirachaSenior Showmanship (15 and over) 1. Sarah Rhoades 2. Alex Weiss 3. Jackson Pelino 4. Jess KikoIntermediate Showmanship (12-14) 1. Madeline Baley 2. Katie Weiss 3. Carrie Rhoades 4. Lily SpechtJunior Showmanship (11 and under) 1. Breanna Welina 2. Henry WeissCharlie Weisslast_img read more

The New Windows Phone: How Does The Enterprise Fit In?

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… alex williams The Windows Phone 7 received a lot of praise after its launch at the Mobile World Congress today for its elegant, minimalist interface. From what we’ve seen, it does look striking.What we also find to be crystal clear: Microsoft is putting far more emphasis on the consumer market than its productivity features for the enterprise.Windows Mobile 7 Series is getting rave reviews. Bloggers say Microsoft really has started from scratch to get back in the game with Apple and Google. It is a brand new OS. And it’s like nothing like we have seen on the market. It is similar to the Zune HD but apparently it goes deeper than that.According to Engadget:“First the look and feel. The phones are really secondary here, and we want to focus on the interface. The design and layout of 7 Series’ UI (internally called Metro) is really quite original, utilizing what one of the designers (Albert Shum, formerly of Nike) calls an “authentically digital” and “chromeless” experience. What does that mean? Well we can tell you what it doesn’t mean — no shaded icons, no faux 3D or drop shadows, no busy backgrounds (no backgrounds at all), and very little visual flair besides clean typography and transition animations.”Microsoft is playing to win in the consumer space but we wonder where the enterprise fits in.Philippe Winthrop of Enterprise Mobility Matters says there was almost no mention of its enterprise applications:“However, the amount of time devoted during the presentation to “Productivity” was disappointing for me. Sure, I’m not expecting to see a full blown technical demo when a company is launching a brand new platform, but I would have loved to see how an actual email (and not just the Inbox), as well as accepting a calendar entry looks.”It’s not unusual to have a lot of questions when a company like Microsoft makes such dramatic changes in its technology strategy. Microsoft is keeping mum about all sorts of issues that are important to the enterprise. Here are a few questions that are popping up:Windows Phone will most likely not support Windows Mobile legacy applications. The OS is entirely different. What does that mean for the enterprise now using these applications?What security features does it have? Can data be wiped from it remotely?How will the Zune software be adapted to the enterprise? Will IT permit people to sync to their PC’s?How does Azure fit into the picture?Is this a service the CEO would use or is it really best as a consumer service?We are very curious about how this will play out. Enterprise collaboration is becoming deeply tied into mobile platforms. The Blackberry, iPhone and Android devices all have their spots in the enterprise. The Blackberry is a messaging device. The Android and iPhone are both application and Web-centric.Windows phones are a bit of a mystery.Consumer and enterprise markets continue to overlap. It may just be that people find Windows Mobile 7 more to their liking. And in that case, they will find ways to use the phones for their personal and business use. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT#Products IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts last_img read more

Attacking Big Data Old-School Style – With VMware’s SQLFire

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Big Data#enterprise#NoSQL#Structured Data#Taming Big Data#Virtualization 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img As more and more information floods into the Internet, organizing and making sense of this Big Data becomes more important and more difficult.New database methods are emerging to help process unstructured data, but IT developers and database deployers also have to figure out how to deal with the world of legacy technology.For the last 40 years, relational database programs (usually powered by SQL-based management systems) have been the backbone of supplying businesses with organized rows and columns of data. The problem is that these legacy systems may not be able to work together to give businesses the information they need when they need it. Older programs may also have trouble processing data requests over long distances.A New Way Of Thinking About DatabasesA new way of thinking is needed. Over the past decade the push for “not only SQL” or NoSQL database software has provided a pathway for businesses to connect bits and pieces of data from a variety of sources at very rapid speeds across different geographies.(See also What’s Next For Taming Big Data?)Some businesses are spreading out the workloads using noSQL databases within cloud computing-based networks. Others are approaching the problem still using traditional SQL relational database software – and that’s perfectly OK.Previous articles in this series (Taming Big Data) discuss the benefits of a noSQL database tool like VMware’s vFabric GemFire. But SQL database software retains a well-established community of tens of thousands of developers and integrators who may be reluctant to move beyond the SQL they know and love. What’s a company to do?(See also VMware’s Cloud-Based GemFire Makes It Easier To Work With Big Data.)For SQL diehards, VMware’s vFabric SQLFire SQLFire is a distributed SQL database typically used for online transactions. The software is more modern than most traditional relational database management systems.What Can SQLFire Do For Me?SQLFire functions and performs much like GemFire under the hood. SQLFire uses GemFire’s data grid engine, which lets both programs capture data and then replicate and partition the information “in-memory” on the server. But instead of having to learn GemFire commands and controls, SQLFire has a user interface and programming framework that will be familiar to developers used to programming in a SQL interface and with SQL tools.Backups are enabled through virtual copies on other connected servers, although data can be stored long-term on disks as needed.Unlike other embedded databases, SQLFire allows several servers to store replicated and partitioned tables, persist data to disk, communicate directly with other servers and participate in distributed queries.For traditional IT developers and database deployers, the SQLFire interface makes it easier to write applications and take advantage of GemFire’s underlying noSQL technology. Developers and integrators who know SQL well will have an easy time adapting SQLFire to new projects.SQLFire is perfect for classic Web transactions, especially where there is a need for fast speeds and a requirement to dig deep into clusters of data.Business Case For SQLFireIn addition to making SQL developers feel comfortable, SQLFire can work across multiple networks and geographies. This comes in handy when enterprises need information at the moment it becomes available on multiple continents.For example, a large regional bank in the Northeastern United States collects large amounts of data that helps it maintain its regional and branch offices. The bank also monitors customer transactions at tellers and various ATMs.Bank management was interested in measuring the different types of transactions being handled at each of type of station, what types of accounts they were accessing and the various times of day the transactions took place.Historically, the bank could attach an individual database to each branch, but in today’s global environment the company decided it needed to measure all of these data points at the same time for each office. The company tested vFabric SQLFire against its own systems and found the existing server took 20 minutes to complete the queries while the SQLFire server completed its task in less than a minute.Deploying SQLFire In The EnterpriseIn the enterprise sQLFire is generally found on inexpensive computer servers in database clusters. A typical use case would find SQLFire helping eliminate potential data bottlenecks in new mobile and Web environments. Another common deployment option for SQLFire is to integrate it with existing traditional databases or analytics programs.The software can also be interfaced through an API using programming languages such as Java or Spring. SQLFire is also compatible with Java database (JDBC) or ADO.NET.As companies look for new ways to make data accessible and provide a consistent view of that information, it’s important to have tools that suit the needs of all kinds of developers and IT managers.VMware’s GemFire and SQLFire software are designed to address just those needs – allowing companies to move beyond concerns over speed and scale and tackle Big Data applications head on. ReadWrite Sponsors IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more