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Chris Fry Joins MemSQL Advisory Board

We are excited to announce that web scaling expert and technology growth executive Chris Fry has joined the MemSQL advisory board. Chris will provide technical and organizational expertise to MemSQL as we expand the capabilities and market adoption of our distributed in-memory database. Scaling expert @chfry former executive at @twitter and @salesforce joins @memsql advisory board – Click to Tweet Chris has broad experience in scaling both technology infrastructure and engineering...


MemSQL and Cisco Work Together to Make Real-Time Performance on Hadoop a Reality

While Hadoop is great for storing large volumes of data, it’s too slow for building real-time applications. However, our recent collaboration with Cisco provides a solution for Hadoop users who want a better way of processing real-time data. Using Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure including APIC and Nexus switch technology, we’ve been able to demonstrate exceptional throughput on concurrent MemSQL and Hadoop 2.0 workloads. Here’s How It Works Cisco’s new networking technology...


Seven Databases in Seven Weeks: MemSQL at CMU

Last week I gave a presentation as part of the “Seven Databases in Seven Weeks” seminar series designed to showcase new technologies available for front-end application developers. Hosted by Carnegie Mellon University, the series features leading developers of NoSQL and NewSQL database management systems. Watch the presentation below to learn about Hybrid Transactional and Analytical Processing (HTAP) and MemSQL’s key innovations that enable us to deliver on being a...


Debunking Myths Surrounding the Modern Database Landscape

Is your organization experiencing common NoSQL pain points around performance, scale, and flexibility? New database technologies can help eliminate ETL and provide instant access to your data to allow for data-driven decisions that happen in real-time. Join MemSQL on Tuesday, September 9 at 10 am PT to learn more about the realities of NoSQL, misconceptions about MongoDB, and where NoSQL, NewSQL, and MemSQL fit into the modern database landscape.


Announcing MemSQL Start[c]up 2.0

MemSQL is excited to announce Start[c]up 2.0 – the second annual programming competition hosted by Codeforces with an onsite at MemSQL HQ in San Francisco, California. Start[c]up 2.0 consists of two rounds. Round 1 is online and takes place on July 27th at 10:00 AM PST. Round 1 follows regular Codeforces rules and consists of 5 problems. For this round, the complexity of the problems will be comparable to a regular Codeforces round. There are no eligibility restrictions to participate in the...


Get in the DeLorean! It’s Time for the Database News Roundup.

Stop it database industry, we’re blushing. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and, as the spring conference season gives way to summer vacations, we’ve noticed a flood of announcements from database vendors doing their best MemSQL impressions. Here are a few stories that caught our attention. Oracle and SQL Server Go In-Memory The new Oracle 12c and SQL Server 2014 both feature in-memory storage engines on top of their existing disk-based storage. Seek latency and disk contention...


How MemSQL Distributes Data

The world is moving toward highly-parallel, distributed systems up and down the stack. It started with the app servers on the front lines. Now it’s happening at the data layer. This is generally a good thing, but these kinds of systems can sometimes feel like a foreign country. In this article we’ll talk about how MemSQL spreads the work around a cluster of servers without sacrificing ease of use. There are two kinds of machines in a MemSQL cluster: aggregators and leaves. The same...


MemSQL Tip Tuesday: How to Use the MemSQL Cluster Installer

Whether installing MemSQL on premises or in the cloud, the Cluster Installer is a fast way to get started. The Cluster Installer is a simple command line tool that installs and configures an entire MemSQL Cluster to your specifications. Watch this short instructional video to see how easy it is. There are several advantages to using the Cluster Installer. It is faster and more error-proof than installing manually. Then, once you’ve installed MemSQL with the Cluster Installer, making...


The Story Behind MemSQL’s Skiplist Indexes

The most popular data structure used for indexing in relational databases is the Btree (or its variant the B+tree).  Btrees rose to popularity because they do fewer disk I/O operations to run a lookup compared to other balanced trees.  To the best of my knowledge, MemSQL is the first commercial relational database in production today to use a skiplist as its primary index backing data structure.  A lot of research and prototyping went into the decision to use a skiplist.  I hope to provide...


MemSQL to Present at XLDB Conference on Sept. 11

MemSQL is proud to be a part of this year’s XLDB conference, hosted by Stanford University next week on September 11. The 7th Extremely Large Database Conference is designed to help answer the growing need for systems and tools capable of managing and analyzing extremely large data sets, and will focus on practical solutions to capture and leverage big data. More than 98 percent of all the world’s stored information is digital, a drastic increase from 25% only thirteen years ago. Newer data...