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 …

PostgresConf 2018 Musings

Yours truly attended the Postgres Conf in Jersey City last week with my esteemed colleague Richard Jackson. It was quite a blast, to say the least…apart from not getting home until late Saturday afternoon. Ho hum. PostgresConf 2018, Jersey City, USA PostgreSQL Re-Cap PostgreSQL, or Postgres for short, is an open source …

Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse

SQL Data Warehouse The promise of “An elastic data warehouse-as-a-service with enterprise-class features” really got my interest when it came up on a LinkedIn post recently. How could it not, really!?!?!  What Does SQL Data Warehouse Offer? Let’s take each of the seven bullet points in turn… 1) “Petabyte Scale …

MPP & Cloud – Nothing New Under the Sun

MPP & Cloud – Nothing New Under the Sun The ‘shared nothing‘ or ‘massively parallel processing‘ (MPP) computing architecture is hardly new. The likes of Teradata, Netezza and Pivotal Greenplum have been offering MPP technology going back as far as the 1980’s (well, Teradata has, the others came along in …

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 …

MapReduce, MPP and Big Data Discussion

MapReduce, MPP and Big Data There’s an interesting article discussing the relationship between the ‘old skool’ MPP approach to Big Data, and the ‘new fangled’ MapReduce approach to Big Data over at ZDnet: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/big-data/mapreduce-and-mpp-two-sides-of-the-big-data-coin/121 We felt compelled to comment, naturally: “The central tenet that MapReduce and MPP have a lot …