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Defining your Big Data Arsenal: NoSQL, Hadoop, and RDBMS

Matt Asay (AWS)
Enterprise Data Grand Ballroom West
Average rating: ***..
(3.89, 9 ratings)
Slides:   external link,   2-PDF 

For some, Hadoop is synonymous with “Big Data,” but Hadoop is just one component of a successful Big Data architecture. Depending on one’s application, it may not even be the most important part.

NoSQL solutions like MongoDB also play a dominant role for storage and real-time data processing, helping companies keep pace with the scale of their data requirements. But NoSQL figures even more prominently in helping enterprises consume a wide variety of data sources at speeds not currently possible in Hadoop. NoSQL, then, offers a useful complement to Hadoop, as well as the transaction-based data of traditional RDBMSs.

Tackling Big Data is not a one-tool job, and so the orchestration of the appropriate NoSQL database with Hadoop and RDBMS is essential. In this session, we’ll dig deep into the different types of NoSQL, identifying how they differ and the types of Big Data workloads for which they’re best suited. We’ll also explore the trade-offs one makes in choosing NoSQL databases like MongoDB or Neo4j over an RDBMS like MySQL, and when it makes sense to use both Hadoop and NoSQL and when it’s more appropriate to use NoSQL on its own.

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Matt Asay


Matt Asay is vice president of corporate strategy at 10gen, the MongoDB company. With more than a decade in open source, Asay has served as VP of business development at real-time analytics company Nodeable (acquired by Appcelerator in October 2012); VP of business development at mobile HTML5 start-up Strobe (now part of Facebook); chief operating officer at Canonical, the Ubuntu Linux company; GM, Americas and VP of business development at Alfresco; and part of the team that helped put Novell on its open source track. Asay is an emeritus board member of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and earned his juris doctorate at Stanford, where he focused on open source and other IP licensing issues.

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Shirley Bailes
11/01/2013 9:03am EDT

I’ve also managed to save the file as a PDF available above.

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Matt Asay
11/01/2013 8:27am EDT

Matt: Try this one…

Matt Carson
11/01/2013 7:49am EDT

Hi Matt, Really enjoyed your session—thanks. Unfortunately, I’m not able to access the external link to the slides.

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Matt Asay
10/30/2013 4:55pm EDT

Just tried to post it but the file is too big, so I tried to post a link but I don’t see it yet so…try this:

Marek K Kolodziej
10/30/2013 4:35pm EDT

Would it be possible to post the slides here, like the other speakers have?

Saibal Patra
10/29/2013 7:58am EDT

Hi Matt, can you please email me your awesome presentation slides!


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