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Future of NoSQL & NewSQL panel: CouchDB-inventor, NuoDB CTO, Oracle's NoSQL Lead

Free junk-food & fun-drinks, swag, Google Nexus7 raffle & more!

Future of NoSQL & NewSQL: Database Superstars Panel

Damien Katz - Creator of CouchDB
Seth Proctor - CTO of NuoDB
Robert Greene - Senior Strategist for Oracle NoSQL DB
Geir Magnusson, CTO & SVP of Engineering, AppNexus

A Database Month event

Get ready to meet the world's top NoSQL & NewSQL database superstars and hear them discuss the future of NewSQL and NoSQL databases.

After the panel discussion attendees will have the opportunity to meet the NoSQL/NewSQL Database Superstars and talk to them 1-on-1.

You cannot afford to miss these industry-leaders meeting together for the first time!

Seth Proctor, CTO of NuoDB

Seth is the CTO at NuoDB. He has nearly 20 years of experience, focusing on distributed computing, networking, security and other fun systems problems.

Before NuoDB Seth worked for Nokia, and before that Sun Microsystems, tackling large-scale systems and understanding not just how to make technology scale, but to do it in such a way that users can scale with it. At Sun, Seth developed new ways of looking at distributed transactions, caching, resource management and profiling in his contributions to Project Darkstar. Darkstar was a key effort at Sun which provided greater insights into how to distribute databases.

Seth holds eight patents for his cutting edge work across several technical disciplines. He has several additional patents awaiting approval related to achieving greater database efficiency and end-user agility.

Damien Katz, Creator of CouchDB

Hardcore software engineer, Creator of CouchDB, distributed systems expert and Product/Software Architect at Salesforce. One of the fathers of NoSQL movement as the creator of Apache CouchDB, the first versions Damien wrote in his spare bedroom. Also, he hates the term NoSQL. People say he's a big data guy, he doesn't know how that happened. Not afraid to get his hands dirty and dive deep on any problem. Excellent written and oral communicator, accomplished blogger, coder, team leader and llama wrestler. Former 'Erlanger of the Year', and he has the plaque to prove it.

Damien has a long track record of successfully finding and implementing ridiculously reliable solutions, often unorthodox in their simplicity, in widely deployed products such as Couchbase Server, Apache CouchDB, MySQL and Lotus Notes (yeah, the one everybody hates, screw that product pfffft).

Robert Greene, Senior Strategist for Oracle NoSQL Database

Robert Greene is Senior Strategist and Lead Evangelist at Oracle, championing the Oracle's NoSQL Database initiative.

Prior to Oracle he was the VP Technology for NoSQL Database company, Versant Corporation, where he set the strategy for alignment with Big Data technology trends resulting in the acquisition of the company by Actian Corp in 2012.

Robert has been an active member of both commercial and open source initiatives in the NoSQL and Object Relational Mapping spaces for the past 18 years, developing software, leading project teams, authoring articles and presenting at major conferences on these topics. In his previous life, Robert was an electronic engineer developing first generation wireless, spread spectrum based security systems.

Geir Magnusson, CTO & SVP of Engineering, AppNexus

Geir Magnusson, Jr. is Chief Technology Officer and SVP, Engineering, AppNexus, responsible for technology strategy and product delivery, as well as driving the evolution of the company's product architecture.

Geir was previously Vice President of Engineering at AppNexus leading the development of real-time auction, decisioning and data systems as well as the company's mobile technologies.

Geir was formerly the VP of Engineering at 10gen (MongoDB) and has served as a technical executive and leader for companies including Function(x) - now Viggle - Gilt Groupe, Joost, Adeptra, Bloomberg, and Intel, and has built systems and solutions for industries ranging from financial markets to fraud contact to digital audio to mobile consumer.

He also has broad experience in open source, having founded several significant open source projects, such as Apache Geronimo, Apache Harmony and Apache Velocity. Geir is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, and has represented the Foundation as a member of the Executive Committee of the Java Community Process, as well as served as a past member of the Board of Directors.

He is also an international speaker on open source and software technology. Geir holds degrees in Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Swag giveaway + food/beer at 6:30pm
Power-Networking at 6:35pm
Presentation starts at 6:45pm

Please note: entry after 6:30 is space-dependent and not guaranteed

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  • Eric David B.

    Event video has been posted to in 1080p HD

    May 22, 2014

  • Cameron S.

    Pretty good but a little too high-level...would have been good to have gone into more technical details on the challenges of the platforms as opposed to questions like. "What programming language would you write it in if you developed it from scratch tomorrow?" and "What if Oracle bought NeoDB?". I don't think the questions and suggested topics were equal to the quality of the panel that was there...sorry.

    1 · May 13, 2014

    • Cameron S.

      Purely attempting to be constructive here (and trying to remember everything that was covered)…I would have asked questions around the following topics…

      NuoDB - realtime replication consistency vs trade offs with availability and partitioning.
      CRUD performance, sweet spots and any perceived limitations (i.e for complex field types). Other differences with distributed SQL platforms (Postgres, MySQL).

      AppNexus - what areas in devops could vendors could improve on? What are the leading devops platforms for supporting a NoSQL or distributed DB platform? What devops practices have AppNexus developed that are not currently offered/championed by any vendors?

      In terms of Oracles acquisition plans… Perhaps mentioning past acquisitions (and current integrations) with packages like Coherence might have helped better outline driving forces for Oracle NOSQL. It wasn’t clear what area of NOSQL Oracle consider themselves to be a though-leader in or where they want to be in the market.

      May 20, 2014

    • Robert G.

      Hi Cameron, the driving forces for Oracle NoSQL are the same as those for Amazon, LinkedIn, Yammer, many others who built the first scale-out NoSQL solutions. There are new workloads that do not require all of the power provided by general data processing relational engines. The workload tends toward balanced writing and reading under high concurrency ( where relational is commonly read intensive as a percentage of operations ) and the read tends to be fairly simple, but requires very low latency response. That workload is the driving force for Oracle NoSQL, its a workload that is here to stay and Oracle as the leading provider of database data management recognizes the need and is providing a solution. That workload is the real reason NoSQL came into existence, its largely a key-value data access paradigm and Oracle NoSQL is a key-value NoSQL implementation.

      May 20, 2014

  • vadim l.

    this event was yesterday?or today?

    May 14, 2014

  • George C.

    Damien didnt show up at all. What a pity...

    May 13, 2014

    • Robert G.

      Agreed, Eric said he missed his plane ... been there, done that :-(

      May 14, 2014

  • Laurent D.

    Entrepreneur on new tech & It consultant

    May 13, 2014

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  • gary b.

    Can we please have a WEBEX for this meetup?. Thanks

    May 9, 2014

  • Mohammad C.

    This meet up is going to be the motherload of all meetups! Kudos to the sponsor for Nexus 7 raffle!

    1 · May 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Are you trying to make me look like a copycat, posting <2 minutes before me?

      May 9, 2014

    • Mohammad C.


      May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is going to be the first cool Meetup I've ever attended.

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • Paul H.

    which location? The javascript meetup page has a different address for this same meetup

    You - 19 West 22nd St, New York, NY
    JS - 28 West 23rd Street, New York, NY

    Maybe a different entrance to the same building?

    May 9, 2014

    • Eric David B.

      Indeed, it's two doors to the same building - enter through 19 West 22nd St, got to the 4th floor

      May 9, 2014

  • Sarat C.

    I am looking forward this meet up

    May 8, 2014

  • mohammad m r.

    Looking forward to meet people.

    April 23, 2014

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