I spent considerable time last week with my clients at both Greenplum and EMC (if we ignore the fact that the deal has closed and they’re now the same company). I also had more of a hardcore engineering discussion than I’ve had with Greenplum for quite a while (I should have been pushier about that earlier). Takeaways included:
- This is starting off as a honeymoon deal. Everything Greenplum was planning to do is being continued. Additional resources are being poured into Greenplum to do more.
- Some Greenplum execs seem to envision staying long term, some seem to envision moving on to their next startups. The ones who envision moving on are, however, going to work hard first to make the merger a success.
- Greenplum has, for quite a while, had more of an advanced analytics/embedded predictive modeling story than I realized. Bad on them for not fleshing it out more in marketing and product packaging alike.
- Greenplum both denies the concurrency problems I previously noted and also has a very credible story as to how it will eliminate them. Seriously, Greenplum tells of one customer that routinely runs 150 simultaneous queries – on what I think is not a terribly big system — and a number of POCs (Proofs of Concept) that simulated similar levels of concurrency.