Richard Cookson

Content Writer

Richard Cookson is a content writer for XTIVIA with a background in copy editing, journalism, and business reporting. With a knack for IT research and software analysis, Cookson creates detailed and simplified technical content for the XTIVIA and Virtual-DBA websites. His attention to detail and grammar allows him to deliver concise and educational pieces with every comma in the right place. When he’s not in the office, Cookson spends his time golfing, writing short stories, and enjoying the various outdoor activities Colorado offers. He’s a comedy fanatic and skee-ball wizard.

Ten Factors for Choosing DBA Services

Data is the lifeblood of your business, which means taking care of it is essential for operating your business. Whether your company uses SQL Server, Oracle, Db2, or PostgreSQL, quality database support, maintenance, and protection must be an integral part of your... read more

The Pros and Cons of MongoDB

MongoDB is one of the world’s most popular object-oriented NoSQL databases. But like any other database, MongoDB has specific places where it flourishes and areas where it falters. The Question: To Use Or Not To Use Some of the best ways to utilize MongoDB is... read more

Explaining the IBM-HCL Partnership

It’s been a little more than two years since IBM and HCL Technologies entered into their 15-year partnership, but there’s still a lot of confusion around their collaborative motives. Putting their efforts toward marginal software hasn’t been a... read more

Key Differences Between SQL, NoSQL, and NewSQL

Whether you pronounce it “S-Q-L” or “sequel,” we interact with SQL, NoSQL, or NewSQL in one way or another everyday, but what exactly is the difference between them? The fact of the matter is that, although they’re all types of databases,... read more

Upgrading MySQL 5.5 Instances to MariaDB 10.2

Depending on your operating system and individual environments, the upgrade process can vary. Release notes should be reviewed for differences between database versions, which may affect your environment. Though we offer professional advice on how to upgrade MySQL 5.5... read more

Migrating MySQL Data to Amazon Aurora

Switching database engines—for instance, going from a MySQL-compatible database to an Amazon Aurora MySQL DB cluster—and migrating data can be a long and confusing process. For the purpose of offering a little clarity, this article will go through and highlight... read more