Business Intelligence: The Big Picture

Shree Dandekar, Director of Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing Strategy, Dell | 1/26/2012 | 7 comments

Shree Dandekar
There is a lot of buzz about Hadoop, NoSQL, NewSQL, and columnar MPP databases. But where is the actual value for businesses? Businesses need to have actionable information derived from their data that they collect on a regular basis. We know how to collect data and store it in databases of various kinds. We have seen the evolutions of SQL databases over the last five decades, and databases have gotten sophisticated in terms of processing structured data.

With the recent explosion of social media, and with it the proliferation of unstructured data, new technologies have emerged, such as MapReduce. So now we have the data -- but the real question is where does the business value actually get delivered? The answer is simple.

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Shree Dandekar   Business Intelligence: The Big Picture   1/31/2012 12:51:58 PM
Re: Perrmance....
great question: 

Unfortunately there is no industry standard that exists today in terms of benchmarking that can help qualify the performance gains (query response times) claimed by some of these vendors.

Dell actively participates in the TPC-H and TPC-C benchmarking efforts:



But both these standards do not help in benchmarking some of these disruptive DBMS players.

Apart from TPC there are other vertical specific standards that exists. One that comes to mind is STAC-M3, commonly used for the financial and securities industry.

I will be interested to find out if there are other evolving DBMS standards that provide benchmarks on some of these NoSQL technologies.

Hope that answers the question.
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tekedge   Business Intelligence: The Big Picture   1/31/2012 11:23:49 AM
How does these new lean and mean dbms's perform?
By this I mean the actual query response times in comparison to the traditional dbms's.
Shree Dandekar   Business Intelligence: The Big Picture   1/31/2012 11:13:31 AM
Re: NewSql databases?
you are absolutely right, BI layer is not an integral part of the NoSQL DBMS layer. And that is actually the point I have tried to make through my blog. While NoSQL and NewSQL DBMS's address a problem they do not help customers with the actual insights. Customers still need to implement a BI layer on top of this "plumbing" layer to be able to extract menaingful insights!
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Taimoor Zubair   Business Intelligence: The Big Picture   1/29/2012 4:56:29 PM
Re: NewSql databases?
@Shree: Does your BI component lie within NewSQL, or is it built upon NewSQL as a separate layer like it had traditionally been with other RDBMS?

aries   Business Intelligence: The Big Picture   1/29/2012 12:44:54 PM
Re: NewSql databases?
NewSQL is databases that have been designed from the outset to have a SQL interface (rather than being added on later) but which do not necessarily have a relational storage engine underneath.

NewSQL is a new database access language. It is easier to learn than SQL, elegant, consistent, and well defined. It is not a extension or subset of SQL, and not a Object database language.

Example NewSQL databases :

- VoltDB, This is essentially a standard relational database with all the unnecessary gubbins that has accumulated over 40 years of relational development thrown out so that this is a much leaner and meaner machine than its traditional counterparts. As a result it performs better and has a much smaller footprint than the merchant databases.

- Xeround. This is a cloud-based offering with elastic scaling and NoSQL roots. Like all the other NewSQL databases it is focused on transaction processing. Apart from its inherent capabilities, the other major differentiator for Xeround is that it looks like MySQL, which makes it easy for existing MySQL users to port into the cloud.

- NuoDB uses a distributed object architecture in a peer-to-peer environment that the company likens to BitTorrent. When you update a record you append the changes to the existing data rather than replacing it so you always have a historic data view of your database.

- JustOneDB is fully ACID compliant and is designed to support SQL. In its case, the environment looks just like PostgreSQL and it runs in the cloud on Heroku. However, it uses a completely different storage architecture that the company refers to as tunnel storage.

Another example newsql database :

- Hosted: Amazon RDS, SQL Azure,, Xeround, FathomDB,etc.

- Stand-alone: HadlerSocket, Akiban, Clustrix, Drizzle, GenieDB, ScalArc, CodeFutures, etc.
Shree Dandekar   Business Intelligence: The Big Picture   1/27/2012 11:36:49 AM
Re: NewSql databases?
NewSQL is a set of DBMS players promising to deliver the scalability and flexibility promised by NoSQL while retaining the support for SQL queries and/or ACID (atomicity, consistency, isolation and durability) transactions.

Although fundamentally both NoSQL and NewSQL are trying to solve the same use cases of providing scalability and performance on top of traditional DBMS's like MySQL.

Some examples of NewSQL: VoltDB, Clustrix, GenieDB.

The term was recently coined by the451group.
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Hospice_Houngbo   Business Intelligence: The Big Picture   1/26/2012 10:18:22 PM
NewSql databases?
What's NewSql and what advantage does it have over relational databases and NoSQL databases?

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