September 28, 2014

Some stuff on my mind, September 28, 2014

1. I wish I had some good, practical ideas about how to make a political difference around privacy and surveillance. Nothing else we discuss here is remotely as important. I presumably can contribute an opinion piece to, more or less, the technology publication(s) of my choice; that can have a small bit of impact. But I’d love to do better than that. Ideas, anybody?

2. A few thoughts on cloud, colocation, etc.:

3. As for the analytic DBMS industry:

4. Meanwhile, the analytic ease of use story remains popular, in business intelligence and predictive analytics/data science alike. Marketers typically oversimplify it to their own detriment, however, just as they do performance stories.

5. On the short-request side:

6. Finally, one vendor note — Sharmila assures me by brief email that things are going gangbusters at ClearStory. This is unsurprising, as ClearStory exemplifies several trends I believe in, including robust analytic stacks, strong data navigation, Spark, and the incorporation of broad varieties of data.

And of course ClearStory also empowers business analysts to make do without IT involvement, like the other cool analytic kids also do.


3 Responses to “Some stuff on my mind, September 28, 2014”

  1. David Gruzman on September 29th, 2014 3:26 am

    I would account EMR downfall to Cloudera. Two years ago EMR was my tool of choice when I need hadoop cluster for a few hours. Today I feel much more comfortable taking Cloudera manager to build hadoop cluster on EC2. It takes a bit more time, but I get cluster I can manage and troubleshoot – something hard to do with EMR. It is also cheaper – I do not have to pay EMR pricing overhead.
    One case I see today to prefer EMR – is need for automatic cluster provisioning and re-sizing.
    In the same time I think that a vendor who relay its platform on dynamic hadoop cluster provisioning would do their own scripting to have all the control.

  2. Robert Hodges on September 29th, 2014 12:20 pm

    NewSQL is looking like an increasing hard proposition. It still seems as if there’s room for a next generation SQL DBMS like FoundationDB that offers great horizontal scaling to get traction. However, it’s going to take a long time because many users are investing in other things like analytics and cloud operation instead of new transaction processing systems. Also, there are incumbents like Oracle, MySQL, and MS SQL Server that work now. Even if they don’t scale perfectly they have excellent value propositions that are continuing to improve. (Example: cloud services like Amazon RDS as well as our clusters at Continuent.)

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