Required reading for anyone who is really serious about database internals is what I always called the “big Red Book”. Readings in Database System by Michael Stonebraker sits prominently in my personal library. I recommend it to anyone interested in the fundamentals. Hold it, I just realized that this Amazon link for the book is Amazon.ca and the price is $256.40 Loonies and only US $57.00 on this Amazon.com site. Wow, I bet Stonebraker would rather sell his stuff in Canada! Or then again, he might be too busy.
According to this Network World article, Michael Stonebraker has been leading a startup called Vertica Systems. Vertica is going to bring a new database system to market. Vertica has Jerry Held and Ray Lane in the head-shed. I just blogged about some interesting perspectives Ray Lane has on the “traditional software” model in my blog entry entitled Scalable NFS Powered by Open Source Cluster Filesystems. I recommend you check it out to see if those views seem congruous given Ray’s involvement in Vertica. Or is this stealth-news that Vertica is some amalgam of Open Source and “Ad-Revenue funded Software.” Either way, I think bringing yet another database management system to market would be quite the challenge. CA spun off Ingres to go do battle with Oracle recently as well. Doing battle with Oracle is a good way to wind up floating face down in murky water somewhere.
I also noted that the latest round of funding raised by Vertica included money from New Enterprise Associates. Hmm, My company, PolyServe, was also seeded by NEA. Maybe we are all one big happy family. After all, the Network World article states:
It is designed to handle data warehousing, business intelligence, fraud detection and other applications, even in environments with hundreds of terabytes of data.
PolyServe customers build tremendously large clusters for unstructured and structured data alike. I know of one of our Oil and Gas customers that has more than one cluster handling over 250TB but I digress…
We’ll have to keep an eye on Vertica; it is Michael Stonebraker after all!