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The problem with a full box of big data tools
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NoSQL”, for lack of better name, is a generic term that describes any data management system that does not use SQL as a query interface.  Generally this means any data management system that is non-relational, but the term also has also been stretched as far to include the boundaries of what constitutes a data management system at all (such as Hadoop).

Early on (a couple of years back in NoSQL time) when the term was coined I think the positioning was much more aggressive, but more recently this has …

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Big Data innovation marches on
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With IBM intending to acquire Netezza the predicted consolidation in the distributed analytics market is well underway.  Recent deals include EMC/Greenplum Teradata/Kickfire and now IBM/Netezza.  A good breakdown of this deal is on Curt’s blog.  There is still more to go of course with one of the crown jewels, Vertica, still ripe for …

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Was Stonebraker right?
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Back in 2008 Stonebraker & DeWitt published a paper and associated blog post titled “MapReduce: A major step backwards”.  Their key points being Map Reduce is:

  1. A giant step backward in the programming paradigm for large-scale data intensive applications
  2. A sub-optimal implementation, in that it uses brute force instead of indexing
  3. Not novel at all — it …


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VLDB 2010
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I will be at VLDB 2010 next week.  If anyone on this blog is attending and wants to catch up to discuss start ups and innovation in DB, NoSQL, Big Data etc drop me a line and I will try to meet up.

Riptano for Cassandra
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Cassandra is one of the most interesting NoSQL platforms at the moment.  And by most interesting what I really mean is the most clearly justifiable.  Some NoSQL platforms offer new data models, improved query interfaces and/or good single node performance through relaxed consistency models.  As a database guy however, the justification for throwing out the RDBMS baby and bathwater is still difficult at this point as NoSQL platforms tend to be highly focused in one aspect of data management, and very immature in all other areas.  Cassandra is somewhat different as it is more mature …

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Ingres Vectorwise smokes it!
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I work in all markets of the database industry, from web & startup through the largest and most established enterprises.  And to be completely honest, the name Ingres has not come up in conversation very much at all.  10 years ago maybe more often, but recently not all that much.  But Ingres has been quietly ticking away.  Despite being largely off the radar, they still have a sizable and loyal customer base, global offices and a focused & dedicated management team.  And importantly they have an open source business model which actually appears to be working.

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NoSQL Buzz
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I have noticed a definite increase in NoSQL buzz over the last few months.  This is partly confirmed by Google Trends, this service shows data relating to how search topics rank:


The last couple of months has seen a dramatic rise in both the number of searches and also the number of news items relating to NoSQL. 

But the traditionalists need not yet fret, interest in NoSQL is yet but a blip on the data management radar, as demonstrated by this compairson between …


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What is Big Data?
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One of my favorite terms at the moment is “Big Data”.  While all terms are by nature subjective, in this post I will try and explain what Big Data means to me.

So what is Big Data?Big Data is the “modern scale” at which we are defining or data usage challenges.  Big Data begins at the point where need to seriously start thinking about the technologies used to drive our information needs.

While Big Data as a term …



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End is in sight for Oracle & Sun
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Oracle has published their promises which have reportedly gone a long way to appeasing the EU, so the likely outcome is the takeover of Sun will be approved in January.

My own personal opinion has been the anti-competitive stance really didn’t hold much water.  Reading Oracle’s promises, none appear very extreme (largely agreeing to maintain the status quo) which would lead you to question why it has taken so …

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Is Cassandra winning the NoSQL race?
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Cassandra is fast emerging as one of the key NoSQL databases.  While we often express that the point of NoSQL is to offer more choice than an “RDBMS” hammer for every nail, there are practical reasons why a small number of stack technologies gain dominance and others circle on the sidelines.


Cassandra has already ticked many of the boxes needed to shoot it into the stratosphere as a widely used, default database platform.  Especially so in the web world where high scalability, high availability, open source and being proven by a bigger fish all …

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