I attended a HIVE-sponsored Meetup yesterday evening titled, “Rocking the
database world with RocksDB”. Since I had never heard of RocksDB, I was
curious to learn how it is rocking the database world.
Facebook built this key value store storage layer originally to use for MySQL
(instead of InnoDB), as MySQL is used heavily at Facebook. They claim that
was not the only motivation. Then in 2013, they decided to open source
RocksDB. Last evening’s speaker in an earlier post on November, 2013 had
said, “Storing and accessing hundreds of petabytes of data is a huge
challenge, and we’re constantly improving and overhauling our tools to
make this as fast and efficient as possible. Today, we are
open-sourcing RocksDB, an embeddable, persistent key-value store for fast
storage that we built and use here at Facebook.”
RocksDB is also ideal for SSD (Flash store) and claims fas... (more)
Yesterday, Dell announced the largest technology M&A in history with a
proposed $67B buyout of EMC and VMware (via EMC’s 80% ownership of VMW).
The combined company will have over $80B in revenue, employ tens of thousands
of people around the world and sell everything from PCs, servers & storage to
security software and virtualization software. Not to be overlooked is the
fact that Dell and EMC will be private companies and free from the scrutiny
of activist investors.
Dell has to borrow a ton of money to make this deal, like $40B debt. The
annual interest payment will be $2.5B!... (more)
August 10, 2015, saw the dawn of a new era at Google. It announced a huge
restructuring of the company. An umbrella holding-company called Alphabet was
created to manage a portfolio of separate companies each with its own CEO.
Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin elevated themselves to be the CEO and
President of Alphabet with Eric Schmidt as chairman. The board will remain
the same as before. For the biggest company Google, the new CEO is Sundar
Pichai, 43 years old, who has seen a fast rise in the ranks over his 11 year
career. The other portfolio companies will be Nest, Fiber, ... (more)
Data Lake and Data Refinery – Gartner Controversy!
Much discussion has been going on the new phrase called Data Lake. Gartner
wrote a report on the ‘Data Lake’ fallacy, saying to be careful about
‘data lake’ or ‘data swamp’. Then Andrew Oliver wrote in the
InfoWorld these beginning words, “For $200, Gartner tells you ‘data
lakes’ are bad and advises you to try real hard, plan far in advance, and
get governance correct”. Wow, what an insight!
During my days at IBM and Oracle, Gartner wanted to get time on my calendar
to talk about database futures. Then afterwards, I realized that... (more)
Ten years ago, when I drove on Winchester Avenue in Los Gatos, I saw this new
company called Netflix that was renting DVDs of movies. You didn't have to go
to a store, but could sign up for home delivery service of DVDs. Now Netflix
is building a much bigger headquarters near its old site. It is a huge
success story – a disruption to the home entertainment business. When it
decided to switch to “streaming only” a few years back, there were lot of
doubters. But that’s all in the past. It is a global company now with huge
success as a business.
Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO, j... (more)