November 23, 2009

Boston Big Data Summit keynote outline

Last month, Bob Zurek asked me to give a talk on “Big Data”, where “big” is anything from a few terabytes on up, then moderate a panel on cloud computing. We agreed that I could talk just from notes, without slides. So, since I have them typed up, I’m posting them below.

The top two points from Q&A probably were:

Anyhow, here are my notes for the talk, edited in just a couple of places for readability or linkage.

Quick introduction

Big Data in OLTP

Analytic Big Data use cases

Technology issues and trends

Theoretically defensible ways to segment the market

Actual segments right now


6 Responses to “Boston Big Data Summit keynote outline”

  1. Jerome Pineau on November 23rd, 2009 8:02 pm

    Really cool list. Do you consider Aster (and Vertica, which I don’t believe you mentioned) the only viable/existing cloud players in the big data world or do you see others in there?


  2. Curt Monash on November 23rd, 2009 8:27 pm


    No promises of completeness are implied.

    But last I looked, Aster and Vertica had a little more cloud track record — with “little” being the operative word — than most of the others.

  3. Malcolm on November 28th, 2009 6:19 pm

    Interested in your comment, “Many people don’t really know how to write SQL”.

    I think it’s even worse than that: many web developers are writing using frameworks that don’t allow them to easily see the SQL generated, so they don’t even think to tune it. Maybe we have become blase, thinking that the database problem is “solved”, because it’s invisible.

    However, I agree that even if they could see the SQL, most developers wouldn’t know what to do with it. Database and query tuning remain black arts.

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