The Data Day, A few days: April 15-19 2013

‘Information governance’ in the era of big data. MariaDB Foundation takes next steps. And more.

And that’s the data day, today.

The state of the MySQL ecosystem

I’ll be on a whistle-stop tour of California next week, including two presentations at the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo.

On day one at 1:20pm I’ll be presenting CAP Theorem: Two out of three ain’t right, in which I will be challenging the popular ‘two out of three’ explanation of CAP Theorem, examining the evidence from a variety of experts, including Dr Eric Brewer.

Then on day three at 9:00am I’m very honoured to be providing a keynote presentation, The State of the MySQL Ecosystem.

Here’s an overview of the presentation:

It is now over three years since Oracle acquired MySQL along with Sun Microsystems. Fears for the open source database’s survival appear to have been misplaced as Oracle has increased investment in MySQL development. At the same time, a thriving ecosystem of potential alternatives and complementary products has emerged to provide MySQL users with greater choice in terms of both functionality and support. As a result of that choice, we are seeing the increasing independence of the ecosystem of MySQL-related products and services from MySQL itself – both in terms of a commercial product, and also a development project. The continued maturity of vendors such as Percona and SkySQL, as well as the formation of the MariaDB Foundation, has the potential to accelerate that trend. The MySQL ecosystem is far from fragmenting, but 451 Research’s updated survey of database users indicates that the center of gravity has begun to shift towards an increased state of independence.

Beyond our own presentations of course there is a huge number of presentations of interest during the event from both users and vendors, and I’m looking forward to attending as well as presenting.

If you haven’t already registered you can do so now and get 15% off by using the code “SpeakMySQL” at checkout. Register here.

Our 2013 Database survey is now live

451 Research’s 2013 Database survey is now live at investigating the current use of database technologies, including MySQL, NoSQL and NewSQL, as well as traditional relation and non-relational databases.

The aim of this survey is to identify trends in database usage, as well as changing attitudes to MySQL following its acquisition by Oracle, and the competitive dynamic between MySQL and other databases, including NoSQL and NewSQL technologies.

There are just 15 questions to answer, spread over five pages, and the entire survey should take less than ten minutes to complete.

All individual responses are of course confidential. The results will be published as part of a major research report due during Q2.

The full report will be available to 451 Research clients, while the results of the survey will also be made freely available via a
presentation at the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo in April.

Last year’s results have been viewed nearly 55,000 times on SlideShare so we are hoping for a good response to this year’s survey.

One of the most interesting aspects of a 2012 survey results was the extent to which MySQL users were testing and adopting PostgreSQL. Will that trend continue or accelerate in 2013? And what of the adoption of cloud-based database services such as Amazon RDS and Google Cloud SQL?

Are the new breed of NewSQL vendors having any impact on the relational database incumbents such as Oracle, Microsoft and IBM? And how is SAP HANA adoption driving interest in other in-memory databases such as VoltDB and MemSQL?

We will also be interested to see how well NoSQL databases fair in this year’s survey results. Last year MongoDB was the most popular, followed by Apache Cassandra/DataStax and Redis. Are these now making a bigger impact on the wider market, and what of Basho’s Riak, CouchDB, Neo4j, Couchbase et al?

Additionally, we have been tracking attitudes to Oracle’s ownership of MySQL since the deal to acquire Sun was announced. Have MySQL users’ attitudes towards Oracle improved or declined in the last 12 months, and what impact will the formation of the MariaDB Foundation have on MariaDB adoption?

We’re looking forward to analyzing the results and providing answers to these and other questions. Please help us to get the most representative result set by taking part in the survey at

The Data Day, Two days: December 14/17 2012

MariaDB Foundation, VMware-Cetas, MemCachier. And more

And that’s the Data Day, today.