Industry

Jumping the Database S-Curve

Adaptation and Reinvention Long term success hinges on adaptation and reinvention, especially in our dynamic world where nothing lasts forever. Especially with business, we routinely see the rise and fall of products and companies. The long game mandates change, and the database ecosystem is no different. Today, megatrends of social, mobile, cloud, big data, analytics, IoT, and machine learning place us at a generational intersection. Data drives our digital world and the systems that shepherd...


SQL: The Technology That Never Left Is Back!

The Prelude The history of SQL, or Structured Query Language, dates back to 1970, when E.F. Codd, then of IBM Research, published a seminal paper titled, “A Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks.” Since then, SQL has remained the lingua franca of data processing, helping build the relational database market into a $36 billion behemoth. The Rise And Fall of NoSQL Starting in 2010, many companies developing datastores tossed SQL out with the bathwater after seeing the challenges...


A Flying Pig and the Zen of Database Proof of Concepts

A customer asks potential vendors – I need a pig that can fly. Whoever can get me one, wins the deal. Vendor 1 – The Engineer says “There is no such thing as a flying pig. Do not waste our time. We are not interested.” Vendor 2 – The Geneticist says “I am going to create a new species of pig – one with wings.” He goes to work on a flying pig. He never comes back. Vendor 3 – The Practical One says “Flying pig indeed! Yes, we can get you one.” ...


RBAC Database Security

Why Role-Based Access Control Is Essential to Database Security

As repositories of highly sensitive, confidential, and valuable business data, databases are the crown jewels of every organization. Successful businesses not only supply accurate and timely data, they must protect it as well. Security provides a critical competitive edge for any high functioning database. So database providers must prioritize protecting data in order to gain loyal customers who can trust the systems set in place to properly guard valuable information. In our latest enterprise...


MemSQL in May

Visit MemSQL in May: GEOINT, Informatica World,
In-Memory Computing Summit

MemSQL has a full show schedule in May and we hope you can visit us at one of these events. GEOINT: May 15-18, Orlando http://geoint2016.com/ May 15-18, 2016, Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, Florida MemSQL is at booth 1514 GEOINT Symposium is the nation’s largest gathering of industry, academia, and government to include Defense, Intelligence and Homeland Security Communities. GEOINT is hosted by USGIF, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation MemSQL will be...


IoT Apps

10 Apps Syncing to the Pulse of Your Life

We live in a burgeoning on-demand economy. Services have transcended the physical establishments of restaurants, banks, and shopping malls with universal facilitation by mobile applications. Hordes and hordes of application choices.  And we depend on them daily. It begins with the drop of a pin. Uber arrives at your door several minutes later and off you go to the gym. Now it’s Fitbit’s turn to perform, as it tracks heart rate and chimes gently to let you know workout goals for the day have...


real-time predictions

Predictions 2016: the Impact of Real-Time Data

Prediction 1. The industrial internet moves to real-time data pipelines The industrial internet knits together big data, machine learning, and machine-to-machine communications to detect patterns and adjust operations in near real time. Soon the industrial internet will expand by definition to include the Internet of Things. The detection of patterns and insights often comes with a price: time. While the goal of machine learning is to develop models that will prove useful, dealing with large...


Oracle and MemSQL Together

Using Oracle and MemSQL Together

Photo: Martin Taylor We often hear “How can I use MemSQL together with my Oracle database?” As a relational database, MemSQL is similar to an Oracle database, and can serve as an alternative to Oracle in certain scenarios. Here is what sets MemSQL apart: MemSQL is a distributed system, designed to run on multiple machines with a massively parallel processing architecture. An Oracle database, on the other hand, resides in a single, large machine, or a smaller fixed cluster size. MemSQL has...


Q/A with Dan McCaffrey, VP Analytics, Teespring

One of the best parts of being a startup is getting to work with other startups – companies experiencing rapid growth get to share ideas and technology, and fortify the startup ecosystem. Yesterday we announced a new customer who exemplifies this: Teespring! Teespring is an on-demand ecommerce company that gives budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to build and grow their apparel businesses via its platform. Teespring uses MemSQL to power its sales analytics platform, which analyzes data in...


Geospatial Real-Time Apps

Locate This! The Battle for App-specific Maps

In early August, a consortium of the largest German automakers including Audi, BMW, and Daimler (Mercedes) purchased Nokia’s Here mapping unit, the largest competitor to Google Maps, for $3 billion. It is no longer easy to get lost. Quite the opposite, we expect and rely on maps for our most common Internet tasks from basic directions to on-demand transportation, discovering a new restaurant or finding a new friend. And the battle is on between the biggest public and private companies in the...