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Jnan Dash

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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 inte... (more)

Apache Drill + Arrow = Dremio

A new company just emerged from stealth mode yesterday, called Dremio, backed by Redpoint and Lightspeed in a Series A funding of $10m back in 2015. The founders came from MapR, but were active in Apache projects like Drill and Arrow. The same VC’s backed MapR and had the Dremio founders work out of their facilities during the stealth phase. Now the company has around 50 people in their Mountainview, California office. Apache Drill acts as a single SQL engine that, in turn, can query and join data from among several other systems. Drill can certainly make use of an in-memory col... (more)

Data Sharehouse?

This is yet another new term in our lexicon. The San Mateo, California-based startup Snowflake announced this week a new offering with this name, as a free add-on to the data warehouse it built for cloud computing. Now companies using Snowflake’s technology, officially called Snowflake Data Sharing, can share any part of their data warehouses, subject to defined security policies and controls on access, with each other. Snowflake’s data sharehouse allows companies to provide direct access to structured and unstructured data without the need to copy the data to a new location. Cu... (more)

The Resurgence of #AI, #ML, #DL | @CloudExpo #IoT #DigitalTransformation

The Resurgence of AI, ML, and DL We have been seeing a sudden rise in the deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Deep Learning (DL). It looks like the long “AI winter” is finally over. According to IDC, AI-related hardware, software and services business will jump from $8B this year to $47B by 2020. I have also read comments like, “AI is like the Internet in the mid 1990s and it will be pervasive this time”. According to Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Baidu, “AI is the new electricity. Just as 100 years ago electricity transformed industry after ... (more)

Technology for a Cashless Society | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #Sensors

I happened to be in India last November when prime minister Modi announced the demonetization program, where 86% of the currency in the form of two paper bills (Rs. 500 and 1000 denomination) were made defunct. People were given time to deposit their existing currencies in the bank. Those who had unusually high volume of such currencies were supposed to declare the legal source or face stiff penalties such as 60-75% tax. The goal was to catch the money hoarders and black marketers who avoid paying taxes on such undeclared money. Four months later, I happened to visit India last ... (more)