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Merv Adrian
Research VP
5 years with Gartner
38 years in IT industry

Merv Adrian is an analyst following database and adjacent technologies as extreme data transforms assumptions about what to persist as well as when, where and how. He also watches the way the software/hardware boundary… Read Full Bio

Symposium Notes – Day Three Features Data Assembly

by Merv Adrian  |  October 24, 2016

With 24 meetings under my belt from the first two days at Orlando Symposium, Wednesday’s 13 (and a presentation) didn’t look quite as daunting. It began well, with enough time for a muffin and some tea at 730 AM in the analyst workroom near to the cubicle I’d spend the day in. Then I launched right […]

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Symposium Notes – Day Two Jumps in the (Data) Lake

by Merv Adrian  |  October 19, 2016

My second day of Symposium 1:1 meetings continued the “security of big data” theme (4 of the day’s 15 conversations – usually, but not always, about HDFS-based data), with a data lake flavor. The concerns were retroactive – often driven by an internal audit. “We built it, now how do we secure it?” is a […]

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Symposium Notes – Day One Features Hadoop

by Merv Adrian  |  October 18, 2016

Gartner Symposium is always exciting, challenging and stimulating for analysts; we get to interact with many organizations in a brief time during 1on1 meetings scheduled based on our coverage. It offers an fascinating snapshot of what is on people’s minds – enough so that they have traveled to a conference in part to have that discussion. […]

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Multiprocessing Nostalgia

by Merv Adrian  |  October 17, 2016

My esteemed Colleague Henry Cook offers this trip down memory lane (pun intended) An office email exchange on the history of multi-processors prompted a quick recap, and it was suggested I blog it as others might find it interesting. Once upon a time computers had a single CPU and a single register, they’d get faster […]

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Hadoop Project Commercial Support Tracker July 2016

by Merv Adrian  |  July 30, 2016

There are now 15 projects supported by all 5 distributors I track, and several have had new releases since April. Kafka is the newest addition, and I believe the remaining 4-supporter offerings, Mahout and Hue, will remain unsupported by IBM, who has its own alternatives. So: what is “broadly supported” Hadoop in April 2016? The Apache Hadoop web site still names Hadoop […]

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Microsoft Magic Quadrant Sees Two Promotions, One Addition

by Merv Adrian  |  July 14, 2016

As of July 13, Microsoft is featured in 41 current Gartner Magic Quadrants. 16 have been updated this year; they are shown in bold in the figure. One has been added: Disaster Recovery as a Service enters in the Leaders quadrant. Two improved their positions: Mobile Application Development Platforms moved from Challenger to Leader, and Identity and Access Management […]

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Microsoft Links Into a Treasure Trove of Information

by Merv Adrian  |  June 14, 2016

My colleague Doug Laney wrote this blog post with a  few contributions from me and Jenny Sussin. His focus on the inherent value of the information assets in the Microsoft-LinkedIn deal is a reminder of the transformations implicit but as yet often unrealized in the Age of Information.   Throughout the day yesterday we listened to financial and […]

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Microsoft’s Magic Quadrant Positioning Was Unchanged in Q1

by Merv Adrian  |  April 29, 2016

As of April 29, Microsoft is featured in 40 current Gartner Magic Quadrants. 8 have been updated this year; they are shown in bold in the figure. In quarterly updates throughout the year, this series of posts will track changed positions, updated MQs and new MQs as they appear. Gartner clients can read about these offerings […]

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Hadoop Apache Project Commercial Support Tracker April 2016

by Merv Adrian  |  April 27, 2016

There are now 20 commonly supported projects: Avro, Flume and Solr join the group supported by all 5 distributors and other changes appear as well. For this version of the tracker (last updated in December), I’ve made one sizable change: Pivotal has been dropped as a “leading distributor,” dropping the number to five. Pivotal relies on Hortonworks’ […]

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DBMS 2015 Numbers Paint a Picture of Slow but Steady Change

by Merv Adrian  |  April 12, 2016

Gartner recently published “Market Share: All Software Markets, Worldwide, 2015” (for clients) and the story the DBMS data tells continues themes we have been observing for some time in the market. Overall, the DBMS space continued to grow in high single digits, coming in at $35.9 Billion in constant currency – an 8.7% growth over the prior […]

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