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I’m at that critical point in the lifecycle of my consumer mobile and web software projects and ideas: I need to build something in order to get funding, but I need funding in order to build something. Ugh. I’ve gotten as far as I can in my own projects without developers or investors. This is a common problem, particularly for founders who aren’t able to write their own code, so I don’t feel too depressed right now. My ideas are solid. And I have 15+ years of experience in and around this space – enough to know the pitfalls and issues to avoid, and which questions to ask myself as early as possible. I know once I get funding, I’ll put it to good use. I’m confident I’ll be one of the 5% that actually survive and succeed – finding some sliver of sunshine through this meat grinder of a gut wrenchingly terrible infliction, often referred to as “entrepreneurship.” I’v... (more)

GridGain and Hadoop: Differences and Synergies

GridGain is Java-based middleware for in-memory processing of big data in a distributed environment. It is based on high performance in-memory data platform that integrates fast In-Memory MapReduce implementation with In-Memory Data Grid technology delivering easy to use and easy to scale software. Using GridGain you can process terabytes of data, on 1000s of nodes in under a second. GridGain typically resides between business, analytics, transactional or BI applications and long term data storage such as RDBMS, ERP or Hadoop HDFS, and provides in-memory data platform for high p... (more)

Debunking DRAM vs. Flash Controversy vis-a-vis In-Memory Processing

Wikibon produced an interesting material (looks like paid by Aerospike, NoSQL database recently emerged by resurrecting failed CitrusLeaf and acquihiring AlchemyDB, which product, of course, was recommended in the end) that compares NoSQL databases based on storing data in flash-based SSD vs. storing data in DRAM. There are number of factual problems with that paper and I want to point them out. Note that Wikibon doesn’t mention GridGain in this study (we are not a NoSQL datastore per-se after all) so I don’t have any bone in this game other than annoyance with biased and factu... (more)

Streaming MapReduce: GridGain to Present at TriJUG on April 16th

Come to our talk “Streaming MapReduce with GridGain” and see live coding of famous Hadoop’s example of counting popular words… but in Real Time context. As always – live coding from scratch in Scala is never dull! Stop by and say hello to our CTO Dmitriy Setrakyan. ... (more)

Big Data Analytics and BI Strategies: Five Words To Avoid

Over the last 12 months I’ve accumulated plenty of “conversations” where we’ve discussed big data analytics and BI strategies with our customers and potential users. These 5 points below represent some of the key take-away points about current state of analytics/BI field, why it is by in large a sore state of affairs and what some of the obvious tell-tale signs of the decay. Beware: some measure of hyperbole is used below to make the points more contrast… “Batch” This is probably getting obvious for the most of industry insiders but still worth while to mention. If you have “b... (more)