Our 2013 Database survey is now live

451 Research’s 2013 Database survey is now live at http://bit.ly/451db13 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 http://bit.ly/451db13

451 CAOS Links 2011.10.25

Microsoft: “more than half your Android devices are belong to us”. And more

# Microsoft claimed that more than half of the world’s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoft’s patent portfolio following its agreement with Compal Electronics.

# Hadapt expanded its board of directors and confirmed its $9.5m series A funding round.

# Appcelerator entered into an agreement to acquire the Particle Code mobile gaming and HTML5 development platform.

# Jaspersoft and IBM are working together to combine InfoSphere BigInsights with Jaspersoft’s full BI suite.

# Karmasphere announced its new Hadoop Virtual Appliance for IBM InfoSphere BigInsights.

# Neo Technology launched Spring Data Neo4j 2.0.

# Opscode extended Chef, Hosted Chef and Private Chef to provide infrastructure automation in Windows environments.

# Sourcefire announced plans to support Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

# Percona added support for MySQL Cluster.

# Avere Systems partnered with Nexenta Systems to combine Avere’s FXT Series of appliances and Nexenta’s NexentaStor open source ZFS technology.

# The Qt project is now up and running.

# Zed A Shaw explained why he has licensed Lamson under the GPL.

451 CAOS Links 2011.04.15

VMware launches Cloud Foundry. Red Hat heads for Ceylon. And more.

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# VMware launched Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-service and open source project.

# Red Hat’s Gavin King revealed details of the company’s Ceylon project.

# Red Hat submitted a number of specification requests for Java EE 7.

# Terracotta accused Red Hat of “trying to pull a fast one” with its data cache JSR.

# Zencoder, the company behind the open source VideoJS viewer, raised $2m in funding.

# OpenStack distribution provider Midokura raised $1.3m in seed funding.

# 10gen’s MongoDB is a core data service in VMware’s Cloud Foundry (along with MySQL and Redis).

# Tuxera has merged the NTFS-3G and ntfsprogs projects, creating its new Tuxera NTFS Community Edition.

# Nuxeo released a Google Search Appliance plugin.

# Opsview updated its Opsview Enterprise open source IT monitoring software.

# Joe Brockmeier presented six public relations lessons for open source projects.

# Couchbase spun off its CouchDB hosting business as Iris Couch.

# Neo Technology explained why Neo4j Community (now at version 1.3) is now GPLv3.

# SkySQL introduced a reference architecture for deploying MySQL or MariaDB databases.

# Jive Software acquired Proximal Labs.

# Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances now support KVM and Xen.

# Talend’s Ross Turk shared his perspective on balancing open core and community.

# Percona announced its roadmap for Percona Server and XtraBackup.

# Support for Flock browsers will be discontinued as of April 26th, 2011.

451 CAOS Links 2011.02.15

Kaltura raises $20m. ForgeRocks acquires ApexIdentity. And more.

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# Open source video platform vendor Kaltura raised $20m in a new round of funding.

# ForgeRock signed 35 customers in its first year, generated turnover of more than $2m and has acquired ApexIdentity.

# WhiteHouse.gov released its second set of Drupal modules.

# eBay recently confirmed that it owns 49% of open source ecommerce vendor Magento.

# Talend announced the release of Talend Integration Factory, an Apache Camel distribution.

# Rackspace joined the Open Invention Network as a licensee.

# The Hudson project moved to Github.

# Splashtop updated its MeeGo-based Splashtop OS.

# “Nine young Nokia shareholders” plan to challenge the company’s strategy and partnership with Microsoft at next AGM.

# Appcelerator and Engine Yard partnered for scalable mobile application development.

# Open source graph database Neo4j is now available on Windows Azure.

# Canonical made its complete database of certified components for Ubuntu and Linux publicly available.

# Actuate and Talend teamed up on data integration for BIRT onDemand.

# Qualys announced IronBee, an open source project to create a new web application firewall.

# art of defence launched the openWAF project to create a new distributed web application firewall.

# Marvell launched Kinoma an open source platform for digital devices.

# The Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux project released EPEL 6.

# Daniel Kihlberg discussed the future of Qt, following the announcement of Nokia’s new strategic direction.

# The LiMo Foundation announced the launch of LiMo 4.

CAOS Theory Podcast 2011.01.07

Topics for this podcast:

*Our preview of open source highlights for 2011
*Progress spins off open source middleware company FuseSource
*Sonatype Professional highlights Apache Maven commercialization
*Neo Technology updates Neo4j open source graph database
*2011 to be year of Linux in cloud computing

iTunes or direct download (23:48, 4.1MB)

“Do not sell anything to your community”

Stephen Walli last week published a graphical representation of why it is important for the vendors that lead vendor-led open source projects to separate their community users from their sales pipeline.

The post graphically articulates a trend that I have identified in recent conversations with open source-related start-ups: they are less fixated on trying to convert community users into becoming paying customers compared to the previous generation of start-ups.

As Stephen notes, the conversion of community users into paying customers has long been a concern for open source-related vendors. It has also long been a source of friction, with vendors that offer proprietary extensions being accused of “bait and switch” or otherwise undermining the value of the open source software in an attempt compel community users into becoming paying customers.

In recent years the next generation of start-ups has learned that the best way to encourage a frictionless relationship between a vendor and its community is not to attempt to “convert” users at all.

As Stephen notes, there has been an acceptance that “the community enables customers. It is correlative not causative.”

Thus we have Basho Technologies, the company behind Riak, the open source NoSQL database, stating that it has no intention of trying to up-sell Riak Open Source users to EnterpriseDS, its value-added subscription product. The company fully expects open source users to be attracted by the additional features and support, it is not trying to qualify them via Riak.

Similarly while Calpont is expecting the open source InfiniDB Community to drive demand for InfiniDB Enterprise, it has also ensured that InfiniDB Community can be used stand-alone for scale-up data-warehouse use cases, albeit without formal support.

Likewise, Neo Technology does not offer support services for the open source Neo4J other than through the community mailing list, and primarily sees the open source model as a means of growing interest in graph databases and its Neo Basic Server, advanced Server and Enterprise Server products.

The title of this post is taken from a comment made by Funambol CEO Fabrizio Capobianco at OSBC 2009. While many open source-related vendors at that time talked up the idea of separating open source users from paying customers they also often offered those open source users paid support. It was almost as if they saw dollar signs instead of download numbers and couldn’t help themselves.

In comparison we see newer vendors being much stricter about not offering paid support to open source users while still investing in support forums and other resources that enable the vendor to support users and track the user profiling statistics that enable them to identify those likely to enter the customer pipeline.

There is some correlation here with Jay’s recent report on sales and marketing strategies for open source vendors and the fact that open source can enable significant savings in software sales and marketing, but it is often a case of spending differently rather than spending less.

Additionally, I think Stephen’s post highlights a fundamental difference between the strategies employed to target true organic communities compared to vendor-led captive communities.

In response to Stephen’s post Andrew Oliver stated that vendors shouldn’t make customers “differentiate out of the community for the ‘W’.” While that is very probably true for vendors targeting users of true community software, or open source software developed by another vendor, I’m not convinced it is true for vendors targeting the members of their own user communities.

The reason, as noted above, is that those vendors do want to actively differentiate between community users and paying customers in order to reduce the friction caused by trying to serve two groups with a different strategy. If community users have time but no money and customers have money but no time, then a vendor needs very different strategies to “address each group’s selfish needs,” as Stephen puts it.

However, I would also clarify that the desirability of this differentiation is specific captive, vendor-led user communities. There is a very different community/customer dynamic between vendors targeting users of true community software, or open source software developed by another vendor.

How soon is now? Corporate contributions and open source innovation in the context of NoSQL

In my role as part of The 451 Group’s Information Management practice I have recently initiated coverage on the various “NoSQL” databases, which are providing a fresh challenge to conventional relational databases (clients can get a good introduction to our coverage here, while non-clients can also see some of my thinking aloud over at our Too Much Information blog).

The rise of the NoSQL movement is also highly relevant in the context of open source software, however, especially in relation to two key issues related to open source software.

1/ The (lack of) corporate user contributions
2/ Open source as a source of innovation (as opposed to disruption)

NoSQL is very much a user-led phenomenon and has occurred as the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter have created their own distributed data management technologies to overcome the fact that traditional database products were not able to match their performance and scalability requirements.

No all NoSQL databases are the product of companies that we would traditionally think of as users rather than developers, and not all NoSQL databases are open source, but there are a large number of projects that fulfill both criteria: such as Apache Cassandra (which originated at Facebook), Apache Hbase (Yahoo), Hypertable (Zvents), Voldemort (LinkedIn) and FlockDB (Twitter).

Meanwhile there are a number of vendors and projects focused on adding persistence, replication, index and query capabilities to memcached, which was originally created by Danga Interactive to solve its database scalability issues.

This is also (mostly) not a matter of businesses creating projects in house and then simply throwing the code over the wall. At last week’s NoSQL EU event in London, Twitter’s analytics lead, Kevin Weill, discussed how Twitter is working with Digg to create real-time analytics for Cassandra. Kevin also recently Tweeted (naturally enough) about Hadoop-LZO, a project to bring splittable LZO compression to Hadoop, on which Twitter is collaborating with Cloudera and Facebook.

There are plenty of other examples of contributions being made by Twitter, Facebook, Digg and LinkedIn on their own open source pages, but in many ways the biggest thing here is not the individual contributions but the commitment to the overall culture of contribution and collaboration.

It is often said that open source developers begin by scratching their own itch, and that is most definitely true when we look at the motivations behind the creation of projects by the companies above, but there is also a culture and clear understanding that there is much to gain from collaboration.

The NoSQL technologies also undermine the suggestion that while open source can be used to commoditize established markets it is not good an innovation. While the likes of Cassandra and Voldemort – not to mention Neo4J, Redis, CouchDB, Riak and MongoDB – are undoubtedly operating within a larger established market, the longer we look at NoSQL the clearer it is that far from commoditizing an established market these technologies are being used to innovate beyond the realms of the established relational database and establish new database market segments.

451 CAOS Links 2009.10.30

Government adoption. Financial results. New funding. And more.

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For the latest on Oracle’s acquisition of MySQL via Sun, see Everything you always wanted to know about MySQL but were afraid to ask

Government approval
The US Department of Defense issued guidance on the adoption of open source software, while ComputerWorld reported that the U.S Department of Defense has open-sourced an enterprise human resources application.

Meanwhile, The French Government’s public finance department will switch 130,000 desktop’s to Mozilla’s Thunderbird and Lightning.

Financial results
Sourcefire announced Q3 revenue of $27.4m, up 35% on 2008, while Actuate reported BIRT-related revenue of $4.7m in Q3 on total revenue of $29.4m, down from $33.7m.

Neo Technology, developer of Neo4j, an open source graph database, raised $2.5m in seed funding. SnapLogic raised $2.3m in its first round of institutional funding. Open source micro-blogging vendor StatusNet closed an $875,000 seed financing round.

Best of the rest
# Oracle updated its Sun acquisition FAQ to include plans for Glassfish, Netbeans, MySQL and Openoffice.org, while the H reported that Oracle has clarified its plans for Java tools and OpenOffice.

# SAP announced plans to contribute to several Apache projects, including Maven, VXQuery, Tomcat, OpenEJB and ActiveMQ.

# Savio Rodrigues speculated that Amazon RDS is out to eat open source vendor lunches with MySQL.

# OpenLogic reported a 41% increase in revenue in Q3 versus 2008, while OpenLogic data suggests more people are using OSS, and more are also choosing to pay for support or governance.

# Qualcomm Innovation Center and Fujitsu joined the board of the Symbian Foundation.

# Virtualization Review noted that Citrix is about to fully open-source XenServer.

# Calpont launched InfiniDB Community Edition, an open source data warehouse for MySQL, and OEM agreement with Sun.

# Zenoss released Zenoss Core version 2.5 including cloud monitoring capabilities.

# Tasktop is working with Microsoft to improve Eclipse on Windows 7.

# Silicon.com: Why CIOs say no and yes to open source software.

# Novell planned to take SCO Group case to the Supreme Court.

# Bloomberg.com reported on open source ERP with the headline of the week: “‘Bill Gates of Belgium’ Fights SAP as Free Software Use Expands”.

# Misys Open Source Solutions made available the software source code for its Carbon Planning Toolkit.

# Open source advocate calls for Microsoft version of Linux. He has a book out, incidentally.

# Rob Bearden joined Black Duck Software’s board of directors.

# WANdisco presented two new initiatives, SubversionJ and Obliterate, for the Subversion open source project.

# Ingres gets realtime data integration software via reseller agreement with HVR Software.

# Tarus Balog compared the OpenNMS and Nagios open source monitoring projects, while Nagios Enterprises launched Nagios XI.

# Matt Asay noted that the question is no longer “why” to use open source, but rather “how.”