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Some Initial Thoughts on Oracle Exadata V2
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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

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VectorWise
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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


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Maria Update
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I had a quick chat with Michael Widenius today.  He is on vacation so tried to keep the call short.  Essentially spoke about two topics, Oracle & an update on Maria.

The Monty Program has 15 staff now.  Their focus is getting the MariaDB branch of MySQL ready for release, I understand they have a target of next month (August) for this release.  The Maria storage engine has been delayed for the time being with the focus

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The NoSQL community needs to engage the DBA’s
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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

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HamsterDB
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This post was a bit of a test to see if I could write a serious post about a database platform called Hamster.  I think I just made it :)

With all the noise over key/value stores recently, we should keep in mind that this technology isn’t exactly new.  It is being applied to new problems, but many of the foundations have been around for decades.  Probably the oldest of them all, Berkley DB came into existence during the mid ‘80’s and now has over 200 million deployments (according to the Oracle web site).

HamsterDB, while not having the same pedigree of Berkley, has been steadily worked on by

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HadoopDB discussion with Daniel Abadi
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I spoke to Daniel Abadi this morning about his HadoopDB announcement that came out a couple of days back.  I am sure this has been a busy time for Daniel and his team over in Yale as HadoopDB has been getting a lot of interest which I am sure will continue to build.

Some notes from our discussion:

  • HadoopDB is primarily focused on high scalability and the required availability at scale.  Daniel questions current MPP’s ability to truly scale past 100 nodes whereas Hadoop has real examples on 3000+ nodes.
  • HadoopDB like many MPP analytical database platforms

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Could MySQL be pigeon holed by Oracle love?
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A while ago, about 16 years ago now, I had a desktop computer.  It wasn’t a PC.  It was an Acorn.  It had an ARM processor in it.  Despite the rest of the world starting going crazy for the new Pentium chip, the Acorn with its ARM processor could run rings about it in terms of computing power.  And it was simple and easy to use, I used to write applications in assembly code for it (and it didn't have a fan!).

Not too long after that Acorn went under, Arm was already off on

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Groovy Baby, Yeah
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(yeah, this company is going to have to get used to the Austin Powers references.)

Groovy Corp put out a press release last night that starts the official launch of their SQL Switch relational database platform.

I have been speaking with Groovy for a few months, and while the press release is a bit noisy there is actually some interesting stuff in it.

First, an overview

  • They are an in memory RDBMS
  • They have worked with Intel to architect from the ground up for large multi processor concurrency
  • Initially they are launching as a multi-core appliance
  • They claim

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The TPC Debate (yawn)
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Recently on a number of sites the benefits for and against have been debated with, on occasion, these conversations falling into abuse being thrown in both directions.

From a pure technical perspective, the TPC benchmarks make little sense and are probably not relevant to 99% of organizations looking to implement a database technology.  But as a tool for generating visibility, debate and improved public awareness of a vendors technology they still have an impact. 

This is marketing, pure and simple.  Having a great TPC result is akin to an author having a great review on Amazon.  Doesn’t mean it is relevant for you but if faced with a stack of titles you haven’t yet read you’ll probably look more closely at the ones you’ve heard

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Positioning your Database Start Up for Data Warehousing
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BI/Data Warehousing is an easier market to enter for new database platform vendors.  This is for a few reasons.  Firstly, most BI deployments are custom built projects for each organization.  This means the ability to pick and choose various layers of the stack is much greater. 

Secondly, BI/DW projects success/failure metrics are often tied to database platform driven properties – performance, scalability, load times etc.  The ability to stray outside any existing database platform “standards” to choose a platform that better meets key

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Positioning your Database Start Up for Enterprise OLTP
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It is important to realize that there is less diversity in the enterprise OLTP market than at any point in the last 20 years.  Essentially this market has been boiled down to Oracle, SQL Server & DB2 (with few isolated exceptions).   Most new deployments are typically using one of the first two options.  The lack of diversity has created a stalemate or chicken &

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How to Position your Database Start Up
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I have been speaking with a lot or new database vendors over the last 12 months and this has prompted me to revisit a post I wrote mid last year.  The basic premise of this post is that your strategy, and the group of people you’re selling to, largely depends on the market sector you are focusing on (Enterprise OLTP, BI/DW, Cloud & Web 2.0).

A database platform by itself is a largely pointless piece of software.  The only way value is produced from a database platform is through the applications that interact with it.  Therefore the only way to be a successful database platform is by making others successful and motivated to use your platform.

Ok, so as a database platform vendor how do you enter this market then? Well there are a few strategies.  Due to the length of this article I have broken it up into Enterprise OLTP, Enterprise Data Warehousing and Cloud & Web 2.0

Amusing Database Videos
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Oh my. This is just immensely funny & sad at the same time - Amusing Database Videos http://www.bigdatabaselist.com/wiki/Amusing_Database_Videos

Relational Databases Get a Hard Time
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The NoSQL event has triggered a bit of a hard time for the RDBMS the last week.  I won’t add any commentary as this follows what I have been talking about for a while, but here are some of the links.  Most notable is Michael Stonebraker’s post on the ACM site.

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The problem with the RDBMS (Part 3) – Let's Get Real
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  • Introduction
  • The Problem with the Relational Database (Part 1 ) –The Deployment Model
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    The Argument For & Against Map/Reduce
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    The last 24 months has seen the introduction of Map/Reduce functionality into the data processing arena in various forms.  Map/Reduce is a framework for developing scalable data processing functionality, and was popularized by Google (see this earlier post).

    Pure players like Hadoop are starting to find their own niche, helped by organizations such as Cloudera.  However there has been a number of for & against arguments relating to Map/Reduce functionality inside the database.

    These arguments are now really serving a moot point.  Customers have recognized value in Map/Reduce prompting some (b)leading edge database vendors to

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    The Problem with the Relational Database (Part 1 ) –The Deployment Model
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    This is the first detail post in a series I am doing focusing on the issues that exist today with the Relational Database.  This first post is on the deployment model.  It could be argued that this isn’t directly related to the “relational database” but rather is an implementation model problem.  I disagree with this as many characteristics of the relational

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    The Problem with the Relational Database
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    The relational database has been the core mechanism for structured data storage and retrieval for the past 30 years.  My career so far has focused around the relational database, whether it be from a development, administrator or investment perspective.  In all this time the RDB has been the best generic option available for

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    Is the Relational Database Doomed?
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    Recently, a lot of new non-relational databases have cropped up both inside and outside the cloud. One key message this sends is, "if you want vast, on-demand scalability, you need a non-relational database".

    If that is true, then is this a sign that the once mighty relational database finally has a chink in its armor? Is this a sign that relational databases have had their day and will decline over time? In this post, we'll look at the current trend of moving away from relational databases in certain situations and what this means for the future of the relational database.[more]

    Yahoo adds SmugMug support!
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    Yahoo! in cloud OR Hadoop? (Яху в облаках) by Alexander & Natalie

    tl;dr: Yahoo adds SmugMug support to Profiles. Windows Live coming. Lots of other services, too.

    Wow, what a pleasant surprise! Woke up this morning to this story on TechCrunch about 20 new services they’d added to Yahoo Profiles (here’s

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    Kickfire Ships to First Web 2.0 Customer
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    We just shipped and installed the Kickfire appliance in the data center of our first web 2.0 customer this week. We’re very excited about this new customer. With already over a million active members, this company continues to grow in spite of a challenging economic environment because it has a clearly defined audience and a business model which adds value to its members while adding money to its coffers. Part of the value add to their member base comes from well-targeted discount and coupon offers. In order to achieve this, the company runs complex analytics to understand members’ behaviors and responses and uses this data to help its advertising customers better target their offers.

    As with many web 2.0 companies, this customer has built its application on MySQL. MySQL has helped them scale their web application well but was presenting performance and scalability challenges for their

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    O'Reilly Media on Twitter
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    Laurel Ruma (@laurelatoreilly) just did a quick census of the number of O'Reilly employees on twitter. She came up with 74 twitter accounts out of about 300 employees worldwide, plus five people who were controlling departmental or project-based O'Reilly twitter accounts like the following:


    Official O'Reilly account:
    @oreillymedia: The top level O'Reilly Media site.


    @oreilly_verlag: O'Reilly Germany


    Number of O'Reilly products or divisions on Twitter: 8


    @make: Make: Magazine and makezine blog

    @craft: Craft: Magazine and craftzine blog
















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    Top 10 Data Management Issues for 2009
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    So it’s that time of year again when everyone puts out their predictions for the year ahead.  I think predictions are a bit of a waste of time because to be interesting predictions have to be big, but a year really isn’t all that long so actual changes over the course of 2009 are likely to be just small progressions.  So instead I have been thinking about the top issues that we face heading into 2009 and here is my Top 10 list for issues in Data Management.  In this post I avoid offering solutions to these issues, while I have several ideas on solutions these can be the subject of subsequent posts.

    10 - Limits on Scalability

    While scalability is on my list it is at number 10 because against popular belief, scalability is only an issue for a very small number of data based applications.  Almost all data based


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    Nominations open for The Crunchies 2008
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    SmugMug wins Best Design at The Crunchies 2007 by Luca Filigheddu Photography

    I loved the idea behind The Crunchies even before we won for Best Design last year so I’m glad to see their triumphant return. And I see that nominations are open for 2008!

    It looks like we’re probably eligible for a number of categories, but even if you don’t think we’re worthy, please go nominate your favorite startups. It really means a lot to the teams that work on these companies. Nothing like a little validation for all of our hard work…

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    Facebook: From 0 to 100 in less than 24h
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    Three weeks ago, I started my sporadic series of blog posts where I share my experiences improving my online manners through social networking websites, many of which are powered by MySQL. My first target was the traveller site Dopplr, and the second one was Google’s picture sharing site Picasa Web.

    This time, I’m taking a look at Facebook. As I said in the first (Dopplr related)

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    Dopplr: Joining the Social Network for Travellers
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    MySQL powers many of the social networks of Web 2.0. While it’s great that we constitute one of the tools of Web 2.0, we should also ourselves utilise the tools Web 2.0 provides for social networking. Comparing myself to colleagues, I feel like a slow follower in this discipline. “Everybody else” is already on Twitter, has hundreds and hundreds of contacts on LinkedIn, Xing and Facebook, puts their pics on Picasa and Flickr, bookmarks their pages on del.icio.us, and has fancy blogs that are

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    It begins, the downfall of current Web 2.0 sites
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    The current US financial situation has claimed a victim in the Web 2.0 world — Uber. I’m not sure if this is the first significant name, but it will not be the last site running MySQL where investors will be quick to cut losses and move on.

    Webinar Tomorrow!
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    Hello all -- I am giving a webinar tomorrow, hosted by Jimmy Guerrero titled "Grazr: Lessons Learned using MySQL and Memcached in Web 2.0 Applications", 10:00 AM PDT, 13:00 EDT

    I'll be discussing the use of Memcached, MySQL, Replication, Sphinx, etc, all the fun lessons we've learned at Grazr over the past year and a half or so.

    The link for the event can be found here:

    http://www.mysql.com/news-and-events/web-seminars/ (http://www.mysql.com/news-and-events/web-seminars/)

    The dry run went great today! Hopefully the cat won't mess with my tongue and I'll be just as talkative tomorrow as I was today. Just have to sip up extra Yerba Mate beforehand!
    Dear Technical Conference Organizer
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    I am a conference junkie. I love attending them, organizing them, speaking at them, planning to attend them, seeing my friends at conferences, making friends with the nice (but often stressed) people who run conferences and so on. I even like eating the (often bad) food - kvetching about it builds a sense of camaraderie with the other participants.

    Given how much time and money I spend on conferences already, it might be hard for you to be able to get more money directly out of me. However, here is one small tip on a way that you might be able to do this.

    When you send me email about upcoming events, send me links to useful feed as well. Many of you are technologists who run technology conferences for other technologists. For Zarquon’s sake, use the common pieces of technology that many of us use.

    What would such feeds look like? Well, to answer my own

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    YouTube Scaling Video - Cuong Do
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    Alex forwarded me a link to an awesome scaling presentation by Cuong Do from YouTube about their architecture for scaling. He describes problems with massive scale-out, moving static content serving from Apache to lighttpd, how they use Python (including ways they speed it up) for the main application, certain custom C extensions for encryption, and their long road to MySQL partitioning.

    A very interesting part of the presentation is Cuong's discussion of their difficulties dealing with thumbnail images for the videos. Each video has 4 thumbnails attached to it. The went through a whole series of issues in trying to scale the thumbnail serving, including hitting the ext3 files per directory limit one fateful day...

    The section

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