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Cost accounting for SSDs – it’s RAM, not disk

Most discussions I have seen about choosing SSDs vs. spinning disk arrays for databases tend to focus on SSDs as a replacement for disk. SSDs don’t replace disk; they replace the RAM you would be using to cache enough disk pages to make up for the terrible random IO performance of spinning disk arrays.… Read more


Part Three: Designing a Data Architecture to Support Both Fast and Big Data

In post one of this series, we introduced the ideas that a Corporate Data Architecture was taking shape and that working with Fast Data is different from working with Big Data.… Read more


Big DataCamp LA 2014 Wrap-Up

Amazing. That’s about all I could say all day the Saturday before Father’s Day. I was asked to speak at the LA Big Data Camp (#BigDataCampLA) on that day, which I had happily agreed to before I actually realized it was _that_ weekend.… Read more