February 18, 2015

Greenplum is being open sourced

While I don’t find the Open Data Platform thing very significant, an associated piece of news seems cooler — Pivotal is open sourcing a bunch of software, with Greenplum as the crown jewel. Notes on that start:

Greenplum, let us recall, is a pretty decent MPP (Massively Parallel Processing) analytic RDBMS. Various aspects of it were oversold at various times, and I’ve never heard that they actually licked concurrency. But Greenplum has long had good SQL coverage and petabyte-scale deployments and a columnar option and some in-database analytics and so on; i.e., it’s legit. When somebody asks me about open source analytic RDBMS to consider, I expect Greenplum to consistently be on the short list.

Further, the low-cost alternatives for analytic RDBMS are adding up.

For many analytic RDBMS use cases, at least one of those three will be an appealing possibility.

By no means do I want to suggest those are the only alternatives.

But the three possibilities I cited first should suffice as proof for almost all enterprises that, for most use cases not requiring high concurrency, analytic RDBMS need not cost an arm and a leg.

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6 Responses to “Greenplum is being open sourced”

  1. Camuel Gilyadov on February 19th, 2015 1:57 am

    Just wondering where is the code? 15 minutes of web surfing and cannot find a single reference on where the actual open sourced code is…

  2. Curt Monash on February 19th, 2015 2:07 am

    That, Camuel, is why I wrote “is being” rather than “has been”. 🙂

  3. David Gruzman on February 20th, 2015 9:11 am

    I am curious what will be a license? If something Apache compatible may be something,like smart columnar encodings, can be reused

  4. norbert gergely on February 21st, 2015 7:06 am

    I heard about the new since 2-3 weeks at a Pivotal Bug Data meetup. Nonetheless I agree, this is no solution for large concurent session, so at the maximum can be only an extra EDW – Enterprise DW candidate. I wonder, would be HP do the same with Vertica? Do you have data if they would support larger concurency? By the way, when you mention concurency, are you referibg to reads or writes or both?

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