The meteoric growth of MySQL through the 1990s and 2000s were marked by some big in the enterprise database market — a willingness to adopt open source software for critical business applications, and the emergence of a new class of database-backed web applications that needed a simpler, cheaper and more flexible storage model than the established vendors provided. Today we see that change accelerating. CIOs, IT staff and developers are exploring new non-relational systems for applications that need a different mix of services and guarantees. So-called “NoSQL” systems, columnar stores and systems like Apache Hadoop are getting deployed to solve new problems. I’ll survey the state of the market, highlight the risks and opportunities and forecast the areas of growth and erosion facing the industry over the next decade.
Mike Olson cofounded Cloudera in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2013, when he took on his current role of chief strategy officer. As CSO, Mike is responsible for Cloudera’s product strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment, and direct engagement with customers. Previously, Mike was CEO of Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB, the open source embedded database engine, and he spent two years at Oracle Corporation as vice president for embedded technologies after Oracle’s acquisition of Sleepycat. Prior to joining Sleepycat, Mike held technical and business positions at database vendors Britton Lee, Illustra Information Technologies, and Informix Software. Mike holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.
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