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…

Who is How Columnar? Exadata, Teradata, and HANA – Part 1: Column Compression

There are three forms of columnar-orientation currently deployed by database systems today. Each builds upon the next. The simplest form uses column-orientation to provide better data compression. The next level of maturity stores columnar data in separate structures to support columnar projection. The most mature implementations support a columnar database engine that performs relational algebra…

A Rebuttal…

This post has been thrown at me a couple of times now… so I’ll now take the time to go through it… and try to address the junk. It starts by suggesting that “the Germans” have started a war… but the next sentence points out that the author tossed grenades at HANA two months before…

The Big Data Bang

There is still an open question over whether, after the Big Bang, there is enough mass in the Universe to slow the expansion and cause the universe to contract. While the Big Data Bang continues to expand the universe of bits and bytes… I would like to ask whether some of these numbers are overstated?…

The Worst Data Warehouse in the World

So far this blog has focused on issues related to database architecture… so this title might not seem on message. But architecture has implications. The aim of any BI system is to support the decision-making process of the business. BI infrastructure is clearly a success when your company learns to make fact-based decisions as part…