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Database Decay and What To Do About It
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Database Decay and What To Do About It

In our opinion, database decay results from the multi-department organization of large implementations.

What It's Like to Win the Turing Award
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What It's Like to Win the Turing Award

Michael Stonebraker is an adjunct professor in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and recipient...

Why the 'Data Lake' is Really a 'Data Swamp'
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Why the 'Data Lake' is Really a 'Data Swamp'

The notion of putting all one's data into a "data lake" to encourage employees to run analytics has a serious flaw.

Hadoop at a Crossroads?
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Hadoop at a Crossroads?

A few facts and opinions and a couple of announcements, with a prediction on where the "Hadoop stack" might be going.

What Does 'Big Data' Mean (Part 4)?
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What Does 'Big Data' Mean (Part 4)?

The "big variety" use case is examined, in this fourth post in a series on big data.

What Does 'Big Data' Mean? (Part 3)
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What Does 'Big Data' Mean? (Part 3)

The "big velocity" use case is examined in this third post in a series on big data.

What Does 'Big Data' Mean? (Part 2)
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What Does 'Big Data' Mean? (Part 2)

In this second post on big data, I continue with a discussion of the use case of big volume-big analytics. 

What Does 'Big Data' Mean?
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What Does 'Big Data' Mean?

It is interesting to note that a substantial subset of the computer science community has redefined their research agenda to fit under the marketing banner of "Big...

Possible Hadoop Trajectories
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Possible Hadoop Trajectories

Hadoop has spread rapidly in the last few years as a platform for parallel computation in Java, but we believe a lot of improvement will be required for serious...

New SQL: An Alternative to NoSQL and Old SQL for New OLTP Apps
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New SQL: An Alternative to NoSQL and Old SQL for New OLTP Apps

New SQL should be considered as an alternative to NoSQL or Old SQL for New OLTP applications. If New OLTP is as big a market as I foresee, we will see many more...

Big Data, Big Problems
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Big Data, Big Problems

U.S. government agencies are spending boatloads of money on pushing the envelope of massive compute servers, but appear to be ignoring the fact that many research...

Why Enterprises Are Uninterested in NoSQL
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Why Enterprises Are Uninterested in NoSQL

Here's my two cents worth on why an estimated 61% of enterprise users are either ignorant about or uninterested in NoSQL.

My Top 10 Assertions About Data Warehouses
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My Top 10 Assertions About Data Warehouses

Data warehouses, business intelligence, business analytics, and complex analytics are the subject of increasingly intense marketing wars, seemingly accelerated...

Errors in Database Systems, Eventual Consistency, and  the CAP Theorem
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Errors in Database Systems, Eventual Consistency, and the CAP Theorem

Recently, there has been considerable renewed interest in the CAP theorem for database management system (DBMS) applications that span multiple processing sites...

The "NoSQL" Discussion has Nothing to Do With SQL
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The "NoSQL" Discussion has Nothing to Do With SQL

Recently, there has been a lot of buzz about "No SQL" databases. This blog post considers the performance argument about No SQL databases; a subsequent posting...

The End of a DBMS Era (Might be Upon Us)
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The End of a DBMS Era (Might be Upon Us)

Relational database management systems (DBMSs) have been remarkably successful in capturing the DBMS marketplace. To a first approximation they are “the only game...

DBMSs for Science Applications: A Possible Solution
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DBMSs for Science Applications: A Possible Solution

Quite a few scientists who deal with the processing and storage of large amounts of data are unhappy with relational DBMSs. Here are several reasons why—and a possible...
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