April 20, 2009

Calpont update — you read it here first!

Calpont has gone through a lot of strategy iterations since its founding. The super-short version is that Calpont originally planned an appliance built around a SQL chip, much like Kickfire. But after various changes in management and venture backing, Calpont turned itself into a software-only analytic DBMS vendor relying on a MySQL front end. Calpont is now at the stage of announcing an Early Adopter program at the MySQL conference on Wednesday, although details of Calpont’s product release timing, pricing, feature set, etc. are all To Be Determined.

Minor highlights of the Calpont technical story include:

So far, that’s all pretty standard stuff. What’s most unique about Calpont’s design is its multi-tier architecture. Like Oracle Exadata, Calpont has both a server tier (the Director and User modules) and a storage tier (the Performance modules — yes, I think those names are all atrocious). Compared to Exadata, however, Calpont does relatively more of the total work on the storage tier and less on the server level. Specifically:


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