A Look Back at 2012

There seems to be a sort of odd tradition for bloggers to look back at the past year as the New Year starts to unfold. Here is my review of my posts and some presents

New Years Eve at Borovets, outside hotel "...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Top Post

Far and away the most viewed post was Exalytics vs. HANA What are they thinking? This simply notes that these two products are not really comparable sharing only the descriptor “in-memory”.

My Favorite Post

I liked this the best… ’nuff said: What is Big Data?

OK, here is my 2nd favorite: A Quick Five Minute Rule Update for In-memory Databases, but you probably need to read the prequel first: The Five Minute Rule and In-memory Databases

These papers and the underlying thinking by smarter folks than I will inform you about the definition of Hot Data from the point of pure IT economics.

The Most Under-rated Post

This is the post I thought was the most important… as it might strongly influence data warehouse platform buying decisions over the next few years… And it might even influence the stocks you pick: The Future of Hadoop and Big Data DBMSs

Some Other Posts to Read

Here are two posts that informed me:

The Five Minute Rule… This will point you to a Wikipedia article that will point you to the whole series of papers.

What Every Programmer Should Know About Memory… This paper goes into gory detail about how memory works inside a processor. It is hardware-centric for you software folks… but provides the basis for understanding why in-memory DBMSs are fast and why Exadata is not an in-memory DBMS.

And some other Good Stuff

Kevin Closson on Exadata

Google Research

Thank you for your attention last year. I hope that each of you has a safe, prosperous, and happy new year…

– Rob