In Memory Databases

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Databases are rapidly evolving to meet the requirements of real-time business activities. In-memory databases can improve performance by orders of magnitude, but vary significantly in design and capabilities for analytics and transaction processing. Join our panel of industry experts from Aerospike, IBM, MemSQL, and Oracle to hear about how to select the best in-memory for your use case. The discussion will be moderated by ESG and hosted by the Hive.


Guy Lohman, Manager, Disruptive Information Management Architectures, at IBM Research

Dr. Guy M. Lohman is Manager of Disruptive Information Management Architectures in the Advanced Information Management Department at IBM Research Division's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, where he has worked for 32 years. He currently manages the Blink research project, which contributed BLU Acceleration to DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows (LUW) 10.5 (GA’d 2013) and the query engine of the IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer for DB2 for z/OS V1.1 and the Informix Warehouse Accelerator products [masked]). He is the author of over 75 papers in the refereed academic literature, and has been awarded 39 U.S. patents. His current research interests involve disruptive machine architectures for Business Intelligence, advanced data analytics, query optimization, self-managing database systems, information management appliances, database compression, and autonomic problem determination.

Nikita Shamgunov, CTO at MemSQL

Nikita Shamgunov co-founded our company and has served as CTO since inception. Prior to co-founding the company, Nikita worked on core infrastructure systems at Facebook. He served as a senior database engineer at Microsoft SQL Server for more than half a decade. Nikita holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in computer science, has been awarded several patents and was a world medalist in ACM programming contests.

Brian Bulkowski, Founder, CTO & Product at Aerospike

Brian became a Lead Engineer at Novell, and then Chief Architect of Cable Solutions at Liberate – where he built a high-performance, embedded networking stack, as well as the high scale broadcast server infrastructure. As Director of Performance at Aggregate Knowledge, Brian had direct experience with the scaling limitations of sharded MySQL systems. ‘It wasn’t hard to see that there was a huge need for a new distributed database, because they all sucked. Everyone was struggling with what was available. That led to the idea for Citrusleaf – which then became Aerospike.’

When he’s not busy creating stuff with plywood or a welding torch, Brian plays cello in a band called Rosin coven. He also wrote about cuisine for the San Jose Metro.

Tim Shetler, VP Product Management at Oracle Corporation

Tim Shetler leads Product Management for the Systems Technology group at Oracle. His product responsibilities include the Exadata Database Machine, database high-availability, database performance, compression, backup and archiving and resource management. He has spent most of his career working with database management products, initially developing applications with Andersen Consulting (Accenture), and subsequently in product management and marketing roles at Hewlett-Packard, Informix Software, TimesTen, InQuira and Oracle, with a primary focus on parallel processing and ultra-high performance systems.

Sudhir Menon, Head of Products at Pivotal

Sudhir Menon is one of the key architects for the Gemfire (now open sourced as Project Geode). Sudhir is the Head of Products for all Real Time and Big Data products at Pivotal. He holds multiple patents in the areas of scaled up networking systems. His expertise in distributed data management spans multiple languages (Java, C++ and .NET) and multiple platforms and he has architected and developed network stacks for the last 10+ years. He holds an engineering degree in Computers from Pune University and an MBA from Babson College.

Nik Rouda, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (moderator)

Nik is a senior analyst covering big data, business intelligence, analytics, visualization, and other technologies that help people understand what is happening in their business. He enjoys working with early stage investors in validating both products and business models. He has a broad IT background spanning both infrastructure and applications, a customer-focused perspective, and extensive experience in marketing and technical sales worldwide.


6:00-6:45pm: Registration and pre-party

6:45-7:15pm: Presentations

7:15-8:15pm: Panel discussion and Q&A session

8:15-9:00pm: Networking session