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Thank you for visiting my blog. I am a Cofounder & Technical Advisor here at the BeyeNETWORK. Having covered the business intelligence and data warehousing industry for more than 15 years, I'm looking forward to a more interactive form of communication with all of you. Please share your comments and thoughts!



July 2006 Archives

I'm blogging from the historic Weasku Inn outside of Medford Oregon. The Inn was built in 1924 and has hosted movie stars and celebrities. I'm in the room that Clark Gable liked to stay in. The event is hosted by Humphrey Strategic Communications and is attended by a select group of experts and vendors (I'm not sure how i got invited) Anyway Scott Humphrey does nothing short of an excellent job hosting this event now in its 5th year. Claudia Imhoff, Colin White, Jill Dyche and William McKnight are all here hosting sessions. I'm sure you'll see info from them this coming week in their blogs.

We are managing to have some fun too, we've done some podcasting (available on the home page Monday)William has hosted two yoga classes and tonight Colin is going to show us planets through his telescopes. This afternoon we went on a jet boat ride on the Rogue River. Check out the short video here.

More later I have to go attend a fly fishing course :)

Thanks Scott I'm having a great time!!!!

Posted July 29, 2006 6:31 PM
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What would happen in the data warehouse appliance space if a new player entered the market and offered a solution for as low as $15,000 per terabyte? Looks like we are going to find out!

Sun Microsystems and Greenplum have launched an appliance that uses the high data throughput and storage density of the Sun Fire X4500 server with Opteron processors and Greenplum's Scale-Everything™ parallel database. The system is powered by Solaris(tm) 10 operating system and PostgreSQL.

I've watched the data warehouse appliance space with a lot of interest over the past couple years. Todays news will certainly impact Netezza and Datallegro the present leaders in the space but I can't help wonder what the folks at Teradata are thinking about another company getting into this space. Also, it seems that Sun and Greenplum have beaten the team at HP to the market as well. There have been a ton of rumors circulating as to weather Mark Hurd and team might enter the appliance market in a bid to take market share from his old company and others.

Sun could really make an interesting play in the space with this solution, they are addressing several areas all at once.

  • Positioning as a low cost leader
  • Bring non-commodity hardware into the picture
  • leveraging open source to a high level
  • highly efficient hardware designed to save energy (90 watt per Terabyte)
  • A huge national sales force

I think the last interesting part of this news is the focus of Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz, I have been told that this project was brokered by Jonathan and Greenplum CEO Scott Yara directly. It seems to me that with this level of endorsement the focus on this project will be highly coordinated at both Sun and Greenplum. The impact of a company the size of Sun on this market won't go unnoticed. Sun hopes to announce its first customer in the coming weeks, a 100 terabyte installation is in the works.

I am interested in hearing your take on the topic, please post comments on this one.

Other links:
Jonathan Swartz's Blog - comments on Greenplum July 10th 2006
Past post from me on Greenplum

Technorati Tags: Sun Microsystems, Greenplum, b-eye-network.com, data warehouse appliance, business intelligence, data warehouse

Posted July 26, 2006 6:02 AM
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Did you know that Google can do your homework for you? Well at least math. Try this next time your online, type in the following: 6*42/17*3

And Google will give you this.
((6 * 42) / 17) * 3 = 44.4705882

Where was Google when I was flunking 8th grade math?

Posted July 25, 2006 5:13 PM
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While at Gnomedex in Seattle a couple weeks ago I was introduced to a fun site called iSpott.com. Its a new site that takes advantage of the fact that most of us carry photo enabled cell phones. Heres how it works. Visit the site and sign up, then wait for the next hunt. At a time when you least expect it you'll get a text invitation to participate in an online scavenger hunt. Take a photo of the listed items for that hunt and send them into the site the first person to complete the entire list wins. I participated in one while at the show and actually won!! My prize was a Video iPod.

I'm not sure if they have prizes for every hunt but check them out its a fun site.

Posted July 25, 2006 4:00 PM
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A few of you have asked where I went on vacation in early July and I thought I'd share a quick picture from Jackson Lake in Teton National Park. I get to look at mountains everyday here in Boulder but the Tetons are different and almost more majestic than the Rocky Mountains.


Posted July 25, 2006 7:10 AM
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