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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!



April 2008 Archives

I think this one was more about wishful thinking than anything else. I am a classic workaholic I work 8:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. every work day, followed by 9 p.m.-12 a.m. most evenings and I generally put in between 5-15 hours over the weekends. So when I met Timothy Ferriss the author I was sold just on the title alone. Its an interesting book, a little impractical but once you get into it you will become jealous of the lifestyle he leads.


I think the best take away from the book was how Tim handles email. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon. He turns it off the rest of the time thus eliminating the distractions that come with that annoying little pop up window. Try it for a week and see if it helps.

Posted April 28, 2008 5:10 AM
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Posted April 25, 2008 5:15 AM
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Kickfire launched this past week and jumped into the already deep waters of the appliance space. They have not yet gone GA but are working towards a fall release and are presently in beta with several clients. A couple interesting things about their approach is they are focusing on MySQL and they have added a hardware chip component to the appliance the is especially designed to supercharge SQL.

To make sure they are seen as the real deal they joined forces with MySQL parent company Sun to set a new TPC-H benchmark. They set a new Dollar Barrier mark as well as setting a new performance record in the non-clustered category for 100GB. The overall price performance of this system was $0.70/QphH@100GB USD, which is the best in the industry.

Kickfire seems to be getting the performance from a combination of column store format, intelligent indexing and the SQL Chip I mentioned above. They feel they have made important steps towards reducing the effects of the Von Neumann bottleneck.

Tags: Data warehouse appliance, business intelligence, Kickfire

Posted April 22, 2008 5:02 AM
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Teradata announced today that they are now offering a new family of platforms designed to address needs from entry level to active enterprise level. This is a significant move on Teradata's part and it's aimed directly at the appliance market that has been nibbling away at Teradata's market share over the past few years.

I grabbed a piece of the press release below, the biggest thing here is that you can get into Teradata for $67K per terabyte!!!

Teradata 550 SMP (symmetric multiprocessing), with a price of $67,000(1) per terabyte, a departmental data warehouse.

Teradata 2500, priced at $125,000(1) per terabyte, an entry-level data warehouse for companies that are just starting out or for those with other analytical platform requirements in their enterprises.

Teradata 5550, an active data warehouse-class platform, starts at $200,000(1) per terabyte depending on the performance and availability needs of the customer. The Teradata 5550 and Teradata 12 provide up to two times the system performance over their respective predecessors.

Looks like Teradata is having fun with their new found corporate freedom, great move!

Tags: Teradata, data warehouse appliance

Posted April 21, 2008 2:32 PM
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I get asked from time to time about what books or resources I use to keep up on technology. I thought it might be fun to share them here in my blog so moving forward I will try to add books that I am reading or have read.

I'm presently finishing up The Big Switch by Nick Carr. It a great book and does a wonderful job of helping you understand how computing is becoming just like electricity. There's a lot to this theory and if you run a company or are a software or systems providers you had better have your mind wrapped around where computing is going.


I talked a little about this topic in a post earlier this week so check that out too.

Tags: Nick Carr, The Big Switch,

Posted April 21, 2008 5:16 AM
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