30 Years In IT…You’d get Less for Murder!

A few weeks ago marked 30 years since yours truly started out as a graduate IT trainee at Royal Insurance (now RSA) in 1988. Back then, there were no PCs, just dumb terminals; no mobile phones, just landlines; no email, no internet. But the biggest shock of all: other people …

Team VLDB’s Parallel Processing Supermarket Analogy

Parallel Processing Analogy Team VLDB were delighted to attend the Pivotal UK launch event in London on Wednesday evening this week. The champagne, wine and beer certainly flowed. We’re guessing not everybody made their morning appointments the next day. You know who you are! Anyway, we were chatting away with …

Cloudera Partnership

So, after 20 years of building applications on massively parallel processing (MPP) shared-nothing database architectures, we thought we’d better get in on this new fangled ‘big data’ bandwagon! As a result, VLDB Solutions has now partnered with Cloudera, the leading Apache Hadoop distributor that’s “changing the world one petabyte at …

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems

The annual “Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems” was published last week. Like many folk out there, I am as interested in what the industry analysts make of the report as the report itself. Curt Monash’s comments are here: http://www.dbms2.com/2012/02/08/gartner-magic-quadrant-data-warehouse-2011-2012/ The comments from Curt I picked up on …

EMC Data Science Series

I’ve always considered it dangerous when those sales types go out on the road unaccompanied…and I’ve been proven right once again! This time I’ve been volunteered for a speaking engagement at the upcoming EMC Data Science series event: http://www.datascienceseries.com/. The free ‘Big Data’ event is taking place on Wednesday 8th February at …

Greenplum Performance Monitor

Following the recent installation of Greenplum Community Edition v4 on my Mac, I decided to give the Greenplum Performance Monitor a spin. The install guide highlights are as follows: gpperfmon_install –enable –password gpmon –port 5432 gpperfmon –setup gpperfmon –start gpdemo Once installed and started, the Greenplum Performance Monitor web UI …