The Squeeze Hits Teradata

Teradata stock is falling hard due to guidance here that they may miss revenue targets. Analysts are downgrading the stock… but mostly from Buy to Neutral. Normally stock prices would not be a relevant topic for this blog… but in this case I believe that the Squeeze I suggested first in October of 2012 and…

BLU Meanies: Data In-memory

IBM is presenting a DB2 Tech Talk that compares the BLU Accelerator to HANA. There are several mistakes and some odd thinking in the pitch so let me address the issues as a way to explain some things about HANA and about BLU. This blog will consider what data needs to be in-memory. IBM like…

Oracle 12c IMDB Announcement at OOW13

I changed the picture to show you the billboard SAP bought on US101N right across from the O HQ… – Rob Larry Ellison announced a new in-memory capability for Oracle 12c last night. There is little solid information available but taken at face value the new feature is significant… very cool… and fairly capable. In…

IBM BLU and SAP HANA

As I noted here, I think that the IBM BLU Accelerator is a very nice piece of work. Readers of this blog are in the software business where any feature developed by any vendor can be developed in a relatively short period of time by any other vendor… and BLU certainly moves DB2 forward in…

Chuck McDevitt: An Obituary

My friend and a major contributor to the art of database architecture, Chuck McDevitt, died last week. Five years ago Chuck was diagnosed with an advanced cancer and given six months to live. He fought and endured and worked for most of those five years, teaching us all a little about how we might live…

Memory Trends and HANA

If the Gartner estimates here are correct… then DRAM prices will fall 50% per year per year over the next several years… and then in 2015 non-volatile RAM (see the related articles below) will become generally available. It has been suggested that memory prices will fall slower than data warehouses will grow (see here). That does not seem to…

My 2 Cents: Netezza 1Q2013

Since my blogs tend to be in response to some stimulus they may not reflect a holistic view on any particular product. The “My 2 Cents” series will try to provide a broader view… Please consider this as you read on… Summary Netezza put a new spin on data warehousing… they made it easy. The Netezza software…