Open-Source and community conferences are always the most fun. Nine times out of ten, I end up coding late at night alongside a cold beer and a few other coders with their beverages of choice. In fact, each night at ZendCon I spent looking at developer challenges, Infobright log parsing, and even a mini-POC. Beyond late night festivities, ZendCon provided many daytime fun as well.
Firstly, Zend announced their new Zend Studio Beta and their PaaS PHP service "phpcloud.com." At first, I was lukewarm on phpcloud, but after Kevin Schroeder's talk, it became apparent that their solution has some good potential. At this point, it's impossible to install and use a database (such as Infobright) other than MySQL. As time goes on, I'll be voicing my encouragement within phpcloud to allow for analytic databases such as Infobright.
Secondly, the NoSQL representation was moderate, but for a conference like ZendCon, it was pretty adequate. In my mind, three NoSQL variants were in play: MongoDB, REDIS, and Couchbase/CouchDB/Memcached. Mongo, a big sponsor of the event, held great discussions on the product. In fact, their CEO presented as the keynote on the last day. After these past few conferences, it's pretty aparante that Mongo is here to stay. Next, Josh Butts (twitter: jimbojsb) gave a great talk/introduction to REDIS. As a key-value store, it seems quite easy to get started and pretty user friendly. Finally, Couchbase held a booth. What's Couchbase? Well, as we defined it during lunch, Couchbase is the love child of CouchDB and Memcached. It will soon provide the power of a key-value store with an embedded doc store. When Couchbase 2.0 comes out, I'll be curious to see it in action.
Finally, other technologies emerged from my talks with other community members. JetBrains clearly has a great following, and it looks like they’re attracting great momentum as a PHP IDE (PhpStorm). PagodaBox, a PaaS PHP company, just came out of the shadows at ZendCon. PagodaBox seems like a very easy-to-use and scalable platform for PHP. Plus, I am eagerly pushing them to introduce ICE (at a minimum) as a quick and easy database choice. Be on the lookout over the coming months – we’ll see if they give into peer pressure.
All in all, the conference was a lot of fun, and some great technologies were highlighted. I also want to give a shout-out to Michael Kismal (http://webdevradio.com/). It was a pleasure speaking with him regarding Infobright and analytic databases in general. Once the podcast becomes available, I’ll be sure to let everyone know. Also, congrats to Michelangelo from PHP Benelux on wrapping up his call for papers. I’m hoping to push Infobright to give me a seat at the conference, but we’ll play it by ear .
Until next year!
Next week, on Oct 28, I will be hosting a webinar with Peter Goldmacher, Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst for the investment management firm Cowen and Company. Peter and fellow analyst Joe del Callar authored a comprehensive report on Data Management called "Big Data: A New Breed of Database Vendor Means Trouble For The Existing Order."
Unlike reports written by tech industry analysts, this report was written for Cowen clients (investors) to help them understand both the dynamics of the fast-moving market and how both public and private companies are positioned (or not) to take advantage of market forces. Their view of how the Big Data challenge will impact the big database companies is at odds with much of the conventional wisdom. The report contends that due to both the volume and type of data being generated, especially unstructured data, the traditional vendors have a price/performance disadvantage and are unlikely to win out:
"To capitalize on the Big Data trend, a new breed of Big Data companies has emerged, leveraging commodity hardware, open source and proprietary technology to capture and analyze these new data sets. We believe the incumbent vendors are unlikely to be a major force in the Big Data trend primarily due to pricing issues and not a lack of technical know-how."
The 75-page report does an excellent job defining Big Data, discussing the new vendors with Big Data solutions, providing a technical overview of legacy versus new technology, and includes detailed pricing analyses to demonstrate the cost advantage of new technology versus traditional databases. If you would like a copy of the report, just send an email to: info at infobright dot com. You can also register for the webinar here.