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I was speaking with Michael Stonebraker this morning. I mentioned that lately many have been referencing comments he has made over the last couple of years. And I also mentioned that many had interpreted them as he was implying the RDBMS is “doomed”. Mike has been saying the same thing for years, but the current NoSQL movement seems to have picked up on this and highlighting one of the RDBMS's own[Read more...]
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There will be plenty of detailed coverage on Exadata V2 so I won’t attempt to replicate that. However I do have a couple of initial thoughts which I would like to share. For those who missed it, Oracle has just announced Exadata V2 (which is their pre-built “machine”). Exadata V1 was built using HP equipment, Exadata V2 is using Sun. The main addition to Exadata V2 seems to be an extra tier in the memory hierarchy, a flash cache. Oracle is very quick to point out this is not flash[Read more...]
I haven’t blogged in over a month now. This is for a number of reasons. Firstly I have been flat out with various activities. This included a trip to VLDB in Lyon mid month. Secondly, a lot of the companies I have spoken with this month aren’t ready to speak publically so hence no blog posts resulting from these sorts of discussions.
However there has been a wiff of a change in the air in terms of focus that is interesting and worth highlighting. After years of lots of innovation around data analytics, OLTP is starting to make a comeback in terms of reclaiming some of the limelight. Much more on this between now and the end of the year, but a couple things to watch:
I was fortunate enough to speak with Marcin Zukowski earlier about VectorWise. If you missed it, VectorWise came out of stealth mode a day or two ago. The have announced a joint partnership with Ingres and essentially are claiming impressive analytic RDBMS performance gains on conventional hardware.
To start with, a key message that I think needs to be communicated here is that this is not a product announcement. Ingres and VectorWise have announced a partnership in which they of course plan to build products together, today those products are still in the works.
VectorWise is a spin out of[Read more...]
The NoSQL movement has been gaining some steam lately, with discussion forums and mailing lists popping up all around the web. Despite having a career that has been centered on the RDBMS, I have made no secret that I think we have gone too far down with our RDBMS for everything mindset. I think we need to add a few more tools back into our data toolbox.
Today, 99.5% of new data centric developments started will use a RDBMS by default. Maybe .5 of a % will consider using something as obtuse as a NoSQL platform. By experience I know the majority of people discussing NoSQL platforms today are web developers. In[Read more...]