Welcome!

Eclipse Authors: Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, David H Deans, JP Morgenthal

Blog Feed Post

Listening to Mike Olson, founder of Cloudera

I attended a meetup last night in MountainView, sponsored by Oracle.

David Rubin, head of Oracle’s NoSQL team presented the recent advances made to their NoSQL product. This code base was acquired by Oracle 6 years ago from Sleepycat Software, the custodian of Berkeley DB (BDB). Mike Olson, who founded Cloudera and currently is the chief strategy officer (formerly CEO), wrote many parts of the  code for BDB during his graduate school days at UC Berkeley under the guidance of Professor Mike Stonebraker. Oracle’s new slogan says - Oracle now offers an enterprise grade NoSQL solution at the most compelling price point in the industry! It seems they are making an aggressive push of this NoSQL product lately. It is based on key-value record abstraction, but many operational features including SQL support have been added to make it enterprise-ready.

Then followed the interesting talk by Mike Olson, a true software engineer with a rich pedigree. He gave a historical account of  data management, starting with punch-card based records in the 1960s. The ISAM movement took the record-oriented data processing by storm, as one could re-arrange data in many ways via indexes. The key-value store was abstracted and suddenly files could be exchanged via Unix OS. Much work happened during the 1970s at Berkeley in both BSD Unix and KV store called Berkeley DB. From the wikipedia we find this fact - The founders of the company were spouses Margo Seltzer and Keith Bostic, who are also the original authors of Berkeley DB. Another original author, Michael Olson, was the President and CEO of Sleepycat that provided commercial support for Berkeley DB. Oracle finally acquired Sleepycat in 2007.

He then described how relational DBMS came about and became very popular during the 1980s. But nothing much happened in the database industry for two decades, until recently with many NoSQL products plus Hadoop etc. He compared the current NoSQL movement to what happened during the late 1990s when MySQL came out to support the backend-storage for Internet startups. It had many weaknesses but was adequate as a read-heavy database that was open source and free. There are too many NoSQL databases now, and many will disappear over time. The current funding of MongoDB at a valuation of $1.2B suggests there is perceived value and something is happening.

He also said that platforms like databases are interesting, but the real touchpoint for the customers will be applications such as analytics and machine-learning. He pointed to his iPhone and said in five years that will be your personal assistant. The need for analytics and such software is key to the success of the NoSQL products.

It was a great talk, specially for those of us who spent decades in the database business and I could relate to everything Mike said.


Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Jnan Dash

Jnan Dash is Senior Advisor at EZShield Inc., Advisor at ScaleDB and Board Member at Compassites Software Solutions. He has lived in Silicon Valley since 1979. Formerly he was the Chief Strategy Officer (Consulting) at Curl Inc., before which he spent ten years at Oracle Corporation and was the Group Vice President, Systems Architecture and Technology till 2002. He was responsible for setting Oracle's core database and application server product directions and interacted with customers worldwide in translating future needs to product plans. Before that he spent 16 years at IBM. He blogs at http://jnandash.ulitzer.com.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science," is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for EMC Global Services Big Data Practice. As the CTO for the Big Data Practice, he is responsible for working with organizations to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He's written several white papers, is an avid blogge...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...
If a machine can invent, does this mean the end of the patent system as we know it? The patent system, both in the US and Europe, allows companies to protect their inventions and helps foster innovation. However, Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be set to disrupt the patent system as we know it. This talk will examine how AI may change the patent landscape in the years to come. Furthermore, ways in which companies can best protect their AI related inventions will be examined from both a US and...
Enterprises have taken advantage of IoT to achieve important revenue and cost advantages. What is less apparent is how incumbent enterprises operating at scale have, following success with IoT, built analytic, operations management and software development capabilities - ranging from autonomous vehicles to manageable robotics installations. They have embraced these capabilities as if they were Silicon Valley startups.
Chris Matthieu is the President & CEO of Computes, inc. He brings 30 years of experience in development and launches of disruptive technologies to create new market opportunities as well as enhance enterprise product portfolios with emerging technologies. His most recent venture was Octoblu, a cross-protocol Internet of Things (IoT) mesh network platform, acquired by Citrix. Prior to co-founding Octoblu, Chris was founder of Nodester, an open-source Node.JS PaaS which was acquired by AppFog and ...
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-c...
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
Business professionals no longer wonder if they'll migrate to the cloud; it's now a matter of when. The cloud environment has proved to be a major force in transitioning to an agile business model that enables quick decisions and fast implementation that solidify customer relationships. And when the cloud is combined with the power of cognitive computing, it drives innovation and transformation that achieves astounding competitive advantage.
Whenever a new technology hits the high points of hype, everyone starts talking about it like it will solve all their business problems. Blockchain is one of those technologies. According to Gartner's latest report on the hype cycle of emerging technologies, blockchain has just passed the peak of their hype cycle curve. If you read the news articles about it, one would think it has taken over the technology world. No disruptive technology is without its challenges and potential impediments t...