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A Grand Tour of Big Data. Interview with Alan Morrison

“Leading enterprises have a firm grasp of the technology edge that’s relevant to them. Better data analysis and disambiguation through semantics is central to how they gain competitive advantage today.”–Alan Morrison.

I have interviewed Alan Morrison, senior research fellow at PwC, Center for Technology and Innovation.
Main topic of the interview is how the Big Data market is evolving.


Q1. How do you see the Big Data market evolving? 

Alan Morrison: We should note first of all how true Big Data and analytics methods emerged and what has been disruptive. Over the course of a decade, web companies have donated IP and millions of lines of code that serves as the foundation for what’s being built on top.  In the …

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TokuDB Hot Backup Now a MySQL Plugin

In the recently released TokuDB 7.5.5 the implementation of TokuDB hot-backup moved from a patch to the MySQL Server, to MySQL Plugin.  Why did we make this change?

TokuDB hot backup makes a transactionally consistent copy of the TokuDB files while applications continue to read and write these files.  Christian Rober wrote a nice series of blogs about how hot backup works.  See TokuDB hot backup 1 and TokuDB hot backup 2 for details.  In summary, the TokuDB hot backup library intercepts system calls that write files and duplicates the writes on backup files. It does this while copying files to the backup directory.

There are two changes made to MySQL to get TokuDB hot backup working.

First, the hot backup …

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Thoughts on Small Datum – Part 3

Background: If you did not read my first blog post about why I am sharing my thoughts on the benchmarks published by Mark Callaghan on Small Datum you may want to skim through it now for a little context:Thoughts on Small Datum – Part 1”


Last time, in Thoughts on Small Datum – Part 2 I shared my cliff notes and a graph on Mark Callaghan’s (@markcallaghan) March 11th insertion rate benchmarks using flash storage media. In those tests he compares MySQL outfitted with the …

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Maybe You Should Try Taking a Walk in My Shoes

The title of this post should really be, “Maybe He Should Try Taking a Walk in Your Shoes.”

The he I’m referring to is economist and author, Tim Harford. The you is the people who use NewSQL and NoSQL approaches to mine big data with database platforms like MySQL and MongoDB (or, preferably, our high-performance distributions of them, TokuDB and TokuMX).

Why should Mr. Harford take that walk? Well, he recently penned an article on big data in …

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Thoughts on Small Datum – Part 2

If you did not read my first blog post about Mark Callaghan’s (@markcallaghan) benchmarks as documented in his blog, Small Datum, you may want to skim through it now for a little context.


On March 11th, Mark, a former Google and now Facebook database guru, published an insertion rate benchmark comparing MySQL outfitted with the InnoDB storage engine with two NoSQL alternatives — basic MongoDB and …

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Thoughts on Small Datum – Part 1

A little background…

When I ventured into sales and marketing (I’m an engineer by education) I learned I would often have to interpret and simply summarize the business value that is sometimes hidden in benchmarks. Simply put, the people who approve the purchase of products like TokuDB® and TokuMX™ appreciate the executive summary.

Therefore, I plan to publish a multipart series here on TokuView where I will share my simple summaries and thoughts on business value for the benchmarks Mark Callaghan (@markcallaghan), a former Google and now Facebook database guru, is publishing on his blog, Small Datum.

I’m going to start with his first benchmark post and work my way forward to …

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Last Week’s Presentations Posted

Last week I had to present a tutorial at Percona Live 2013, a presentation at SkySQL’s MySQL & Cloud Database Solution Day and last but not least, a presentation on a Saturday morning at Linuxfest Northwest. It wasn’t easy, but giving the presentations after our announcement early in the week about going open source was very exciting given the warm reception we got from the MySQL Community.

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May 2nd Webinar: Introduction to TokuDB v7 Community & Enterprise Editions

With this version, the source code is now freely available under the GPL License v2. For more details, see our blog here. Open source pioneer Mozilla has been using TokuDB to manage its MySQL-driven Datazilla Data cluster, an open-source system for managing and visualizing performance data.

Date: May 2nd
Time: 2 PM EST / 11 AM PST

In the past TokuDB has been free for evaluation; the new TokuDB Community Edition extends free use to deployed environments. With this release Tokutek is also planning on making available a TokuDB Enterprise Edition, which includes technical support, initial customer onboarding services, and advanced tools for backup and recovery.

We …

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Opening Week for TokuDB

Since we had the pleasure to announce that TokuDB is open source on Monday, it’s been a thrilling ride. With several members of the team out west all week, back on the east coast we’ve been seeing quite a lot of questions, suggestions, and exciting results.

Here are some of the highlights of our first week of open source:

We started hearing back from the community almost immediately after the announcement with discussions in multiple forums. We even reached #2 on Hacker News for a bit.

On Tuesday, a friend of mine in China wrote up …

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MySQL Paradise: YouTube Video

Yesterday we posted the photos and lyrics. Now we’ve got the YouTube video (click here)!

And for those who want some behind the scenes photos, see here and here. (courtesy of @seattlegaucho).

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