I knew Groovy Corp’s press release today would be bad, as it was pitched in advance as being about an awe-inspiring benchmark. That part met my very low expectations, emphasizing how the Groovy SQL Switch massively outperformed MySQL* in a benchmark, and how this supposedly shows the Groovy SQL Switch would outperform every other competitive RDBMS by at least similar margins.
*While a few use cases are exceptions, being “better than MySQL” for a DBMS is basically like being “better than Pabst Blue Ribbon” for a beer. Unless price is your top consideration, why are you even making the comparison?
Even worse, the press release, from its subhead and very first sentence, emphasizes the claim “the Groovy SQL Switch’s ability to significantly outperform relational databases.” As CEO Joe Ward quickly agreed by email, that’s not accurate. As you would expect from the “SQL” in its name, the Groovy SQL Switch is just as relational as the products it’s being contrasted to. Unfortunately for Joe, who I gather aspires to edit it to say something more sensible, the press release is out already in multiple places.
More favorably, Renee Blodgett has a short, laudatory post about Groovy, with some kind of embedded video.