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Fragment of heretofore unknown Tractate of Babylonian Talmud discovered

Ancient wisdom apparently has much to offer modern cloud application architects. This fragment was discovered in a shadowy basement in the Tel Aviv area of Israel.

MasechetDBKammaSee a PDF of the fragment

This finding clearly shows that ancient cloud application architects in the great talmudic academies of Babylon struggled with the transition away from classic databases. At the time, apparently, a widely used solution was known as Urim veTumim (“oracle”). Yet this database was unsuited for reliable use in cloud applications, and the text explores the reasons behind that unsuitability.

Okay, here’s the real story: I created this for a client in 2011, and I was delighted to find it on my computer serendipitously today. It reflects the state of the art at the time. Translation into plain English:

1. Oracle RAC does not run on EC2

2. Achieving Oracle high availability on EC2 is a problem: there is no shared device, and relying on NFS is problematic.

3. The cloud frameworks (enStratus, etc.) do not currently support Oracle.

One reply on “Fragment of heretofore unknown Tractate of Babylonian Talmud discovered”

There’s kind of a limited audience for this but I have to say I really enjoyed it. It felt like it could use an eeka d’amri or two though.

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