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

VC funding for Hadoop and NoSQL tops $350m

451 Research has today published a report looking at the funding being invested in Apache Hadoop- and NoSQL database-related vendors. The full report is available to clients, but non-clients can find a snapshot of the report, along with a graphic representation of the recent up-tick in funding, over at our Too Much Information blog.

CAOS Theory Podcast 2011.09.30

Topics for this podcast:

*Cloud M&A potential around OpenStack
*Oracle’s commercial extensions for MySQL
*Puppet Labs rolls out Enterprise 2.0, hosts PuppetConf
*Basho bolsters Riak distributed data store in NoSQL race
*Our latest special CAOS report, ‘The Changing Linux Landscape’

iTunes or direct download (25:59, 4.4MB)

451 CAOS Links 2011.09.27

Riak goes 1.0. Jaspersoft targets mobile. R on Hadoop. And more.

# Basho Technologies announced the impending release of Riak 1.0.

# Jaspersoft focused on mobile business intelligence with the release of Jaspersoft Business Intelligence Suite 4.2.

# Revolution Analytics and Cloudera partnered on RevoConnectR for Apache Hadoop.

# Amazon removed the ‘beta’ tag fro Amazon Linux AMI.

# Terracotta launched version Terracotta 3.6, adding Automatic Resource Control to its in-memory cache.

# Lucid Imagination announced the launch of LucidWorks LucidWorks Platform 2.0.

# Gluster announced a partnership with services company CSS Corp.

# OSS Watch published its licence differentiator, a tool to help users select an open source software license.

# Glyn Moody described what can be learned from the Apache Way.

# PHYAURA launched the open source community edition of PHYAURA EHR electronic health record platform.

451 CAOS Links 2011.02.08

NoSQL vendors merge to form Couchbase. Funding for Basho and EnterpriseDB. And more.

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# NoSQL vendors CouchOne and Membase merged to form Couchbase, create open source distributed document database.

# EnterpriseDB increased its most recent fundraising round from $7.5m to $13.6m.

# Basho Technologies raised $7.5m in series D funding, as Danish IT company Trifork acquired an 8% stake in the company and became the European distributor for Riak.

# The FSF and the OSI responded to the DOJ’s request for more info on the Novell/CPTN patent deal.

# Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud is now available to the US federal government via Autonomic Resources.

# Gluster announced Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances for VMware and Amazon Web Services.

# Jaspersoft and SugarCRM announced a number of BI features available integrated with SugarCRM Pro or Enterprise.

# Novell is bundling SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability (HA) Extension with select HP systems.

# MuleSoft announced a private beta program for a new integration platform as a service called Mule iON.

# Actuate generated over $21.2m in BIRT-related business in 2010, bringing the total in the last 4 years to over $62.5m.

# Tuxera joined the Linux Foundation.

# Mandriva joined the Open Invention Network as licensee.

# Whamcloud entered into a partnership with Bull to accelerate the development of Lustre.

# VMware released Zimbra 7.

# DotNetNuke claimed to have tripled its customer base since the end of 2009 to over 1,000.

# Eric Baldeschwieler presented the backstory of Yahoo and Hadoop.

# Groklaw reported that UnXis has been selected as the buyer for the software product business of The SCO Group.

# Jason van Zyl maintained that Hudson has a bright future under Oracle, with Sonatype’s support.

CouchOne and Membase form Couchbase… and more

See our Too Much Information blog for our immediate reaction to the merger of open source database vendors CouchOne and Membase, as well as some interesting news related to Riak developer Basho Technologies.

“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 2010.03.30

Record results for Alfresco. New funding for MuleSoft and Pentaho. And more.

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# Alfresco reported 61% revenue growth in fiscal 2009, adding 300 new enterprise customers.

# MuleSoft raised $12m third round financing, led by SAP Ventures, with Bay Partners and existing investors.

# Pentaho raised $7m in fourth round funding, according to SEC filings.

# The Italian Constitutional Court ruled that giving preference to OSS is not anti-competitive.

# Engine Yard launched a JRuby professional support offering.

# Vyatta went open-core with the release of Vyatta Version 6.0, available in Core and Subscription Edition.

# Basho Technologies partnered with Erlang Solutions to target European Riak adoption.

# Pentaho announced Data Integration 4.0, a unified ETL, modeling and data visualization IDE for BI applications.

# Simon Crosby noted that open source does not necessarily mean interoperable or compatible.

# Ingres is targeting government adoption via a reseller relationship with OpTech.

# IELO, Mandriva, Nexedi and TioLive formed the Free Cloud Alliance.

# 10gen officially announced its commercial support offerings for MongoDB.

# Lucene and Solr development merged.

# JumpBox offered “Open Source as a Service”.

# Ars Technica reported that the jury is deliberating UNIX ownership in the ongoing case of SCO vs Novell. (See also Groklaw).

# Tony Wasserman outlined his thoughts on joining the OSI Board.

# Guest-tek became a licensee of the Open Invention Network.