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NoSQL, NewSQL. MySQL, PostgreSQL and a New Breed of Databases

Last year Matt Aslett of the 415 Group published an blog post titled “What we talk about when we talk about NewSQL”. In it describes NewSQL as “a loosely-affiliated group of companies … what they have in common is the development of new relational database products and services designed to bring the benefits of the […]

The Growing Universe of Big Data and Hadoop – A Graphical view of Funding, M&A and Partnerships (Updated May 2012)

Here is a quick graphic which I last updated May 2012 which visualizes some of the funding, M&A and partnerships related to the growing universe of Big Data and of course Hadoop.

Note that in certain categories there are a mix of companies and technologies. The graphic is a work in progress and does NOT […]

LinkedIn’s IPO – A Perfect Storm of Big Data, Open Source and Cloud Computing

Unless you were at a media-free retreat or preparing for the Rapture that never was, you will have seen the tremendous success of the LinkedIn IPO, pricing at $45 a share and hitting an intraday price of $120 before “settling” down to today’s price of about $95 sporting a $9B+ market cap. To put this […]

Big Data, Big Money, Big Interviews

Since I first blogged about Hadoop way back in May of 2009 the furvor for Hadoop and companies in any way related to Big Data has been hitting new highs. There have been more articles and blog posts about Big Data including popular press such as the The Economist’s (Big) Data Deluge ; specialized sold […]

A Small Price to Pay for Big (Machine-generated) Data Retention

Big Data used to be mostly generated as a result of human-driven interaction (texting, online retail purchases, stock trades) but in this new age, more and more data is machine-generated (call data records, automated stock trades, smart meter sensors, security monitoring appliances, test and measurement devices). Machine Generated Data is widely expected to form the […]

The Big Data Odd Couple: Retention and Analytics

I recently caught the 1968 movie The Odd Couple on TV. It starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, and was based on Neil Simon’s 1965 Broadway play. The movie and subsequent TV series features a neat freak and neurotic, Felix Ungar rooming with his friend Oscar Madison, a messy sportswriter. As you may recall Felix […]

EMC buys Greenplum – But how reliable are analytics without MDM?

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The hot news in the “Big Data” world this afternoon is the acquisition of Greenplum by EMC. Greenplum has been one of the major high performance analytics players focusing on “Big Data” (see my analysis of Greenplum’s Enterprise Data […]

Simplification Through Specialization

For all the advances the human race has delivered over countless centuries, one could argue that this is still a very complex world indeed. True, things can now be accomplished a lot faster, cheaper and more efficiently than ever before, but exactly how far have we come that it still takes an average person till […]

Retention and Compliance: The other side of the big data problem

There has been quite a bit written about Big Data including a whole issue with more mainstream articles in The Economist last month.

Interestingly, most of the talk has been focused on how to process and analyze “Big Data for Fast Insights”, which happens to be Aster Data‘s catchy tagline. Also to that end, interest […]

$7.5M and 12 Reasons Why RainStor

It is a wonderful day today, sunny, cloudy and definitely RainStormy, all at the same time.

As you may have heard, RainStor (my current company) has received $7.5M series B funding from the wonderful teams at Storm Ventures, Informatica Corporation as well as existing investors Doughty Hanson and Dow Chemical

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