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Donald Feinberg
VP Distinguished Analyst
25 years at Gartner
50 years IT industry

Donald Feinberg is a vice president and distinguished analyst in Gartner Intelligence in the Information Infrastructure group. Mr. Feinberg is responsible for Gartner's research on database management systems and data warehousing infrastructure. Read Full Bio

Google Cloud Spanner Enters With a Splash

by Donald Feinberg  |  February 27, 2017

This post was authored by Rick Greenwald, Merv Adrian and Donald Feinberg Last week, Google launched its internal Cloud Spanner DBMS into a public beta. Claiming to be both strongly consistent (like a relational DBMSs) and horizontally scalable (like a nonrelational or “NoSQL” DBMSs), Cloud Spanner’s internal use has given Google time to exploit unique physical characteristics […]

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Operational DBMS Evaluations Available on Gartner Peer Insights

by Donald Feinberg  |  February 12, 2016

“Tap into the collective knowledge and experience of IT professionals just like you. Free of vendor influence, Gartner Peer Insights offers detailed perspectives for every phase of the IT lifecycle – from evaluation and implementation to service and support.” We now offer Gartner Peer Insights for a wide variety of IT Markets, Vendors and Products. […]

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A Database By Any Other Name…

by Donald Feinberg  |  December 22, 2014

Another post from the DBMS Curmudgeon “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet;”, From Shakespeare‘s Romeo and Juliet, 1594.  Not true for a Database Management System (DBMS). The IT industry uses the words database and DBMS interchangeably. They are not! Simply put, a DBMS is software […]

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DBMS Legacies are Very Sticky

by Donald Feinberg  |  December 18, 2014

Donald Feinberg (@Brazingo) & Merv Adrian (@merv) Every so often, there’s a wave of interest in the “imminent retirement” of one or more legacy database management systems (DBMS). Usually, it’s because someone with very little knowledge of the actual use and distribution of the products becomes enthusiastic about someone’s sales pitch, or an anecdote or […]

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OK, Eu Desisto, Não Estruturada Ganha

by Donald Feinberg  |  October 9, 2014

Mais Um Blog do DBMS Curmudgeon (Cético) Durante os últimos (muitos) anos, eu travei a batalha sobre o uso da expressão “estruturados” versus “não estruturados” na gestão de dados. Eu tentei cada argumento lógico e tentei muitos outros termos para descrever dados não estruturados, como também fizeram muitos dos meus colegas do Gartner e toda a indústria. Até […]

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OK, I Give Up! Unstructured Wins!

by Donald Feinberg  |  October 4, 2014

Another post from the DBMS Curmudgeon For the past years (many), I have waged the battle over the use of Structured vs. Unstructured in data management.  I have tried every logical argument and tried many other terms to describe Unstructured Data, as have many of my colleagues at Gartner and throughout the industry.  I have […]

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In-Memory DBMS vs In-Memory Marketing

by Donald Feinberg  |  September 28, 2014

Recently, we published a Market Guide for In-Memory Computing. The document covers all forms of IMC, including Database Management Systems (DBMS). Gartner defines In-Memory Computing (IMC) as a computing style where applications assume all the data required for processing is located in the main memory of their computing environment. Although we define many styles of […]

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Another New DBMS to Replace Relational?

by Donald Feinberg  |  June 15, 2009

On June 9, Google Labs announced Google Fusion Tables , a new system for managing data in the Google cloud from Google Labs.  I want to be clear about one point – this is an experiment from Google Research not exactly ready for production systems (Google is clear about this also).  The issue I have is how […]

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Me – A blogger – Who would have thunk?

by Donald Feinberg  |  April 17, 2009

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines curmudgeon as “Archaic”.  That’s me – sometimes.  Many of the open source bloggers might agree.  In years past, they all thought I was a curmudgeon.  Go ahead Tony – laugh.  But I can come around – although I still believe that companies like to make money and developers like a pay […]

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