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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

Microsoft in 40 Gartner Magic Quadrants, January 2016

by Merv Adrian  |  January 31, 2016

As of January 29, Microsoft is featured in 40 Gartner Magic Quadrants published or updated within the past 12 months. 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 in depth in the reports and in […]

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Supported Hadoop Stack Continues Expansion

by Merv Adrian  |  December 24, 2015

For the past year and a half I’ve been tracking the path from 6 broadly supported (4 or more distributors) “Hadoop” projects in 2012 to 15 in June 2014, and now 17 in December 2015. Expansion continues. Clarity? Not so much. As I said in Now, What is Hadoop?: You will find that you have to dig to find answers […]

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Tell Us How You Rate Your OPDBMS – We All Get Better Research As a Result

by Merv Adrian  |  December 10, 2015

Gartner has launched a new way for client and non-clients to provide input on products to enrich the research we deliver – Gartner Peer Insights. (The link will take you to the OPDBMS page.) Crowd-sourcing reviews can be a slippery slope, and until now, we’ve avoided it. It’s important that you know who’s reviewing – what […]

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Microsoft MQ Updates – Results are Mixed

by Merv Adrian  |  October 19, 2015

Each quarter, I update my quarterly map of the several dozen Gartner Magic Quadrants that feature Microsoft offerings. Previous posts include December 2014’s Microsoft’s Product Positions – Positive Progress, March’s Microsoft in MQs – March On,  and July’s Microsoft in MQs – June is Bustin’ Out.  This post follows the end of a fiscal year with quarterly revenue of $19.90 billion […]

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Strata Standards Stories: Different Stores For Different Chores

by Merv Adrian  |  October 4, 2015

Has HDFS joined MapReduce in the emerging “legacy Hadoop project” category, continuing the swap-out of components that formerly answered the question “what is Hadoop?” Stores for data were certainly a focus at Strata/Hadoop World in NY, O’Reilly and Cloudera’s well-run, well-attended, and always impactful fall event. The limitations of HDFS, including its append-only nature, have become inconvenient […]

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Hadoop Helpers – Projects Without Commercial Support

by Merv Adrian  |  August 11, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation has over 350 projects underway, and others are being developed in the open source community for use with (and without)  the Hadoop stack. In recent posts Now, What is Hadoop? And What’s Supported? and Hadoop Projects Supported by Only One Distribution, I mapped those supported by commercial distributors. But there’s another […]

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Hadoop Projects Supported By Only One Distribution

by Merv Adrian  |  August 9, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation has succeeded admirably in becoming a place where new software ideas are developed: today there are over 350 projects underway. The challenges for the Hadoop user are twofold: trying to decide which projects might be useful in big data-related cases, and determining which are supported by commercial distributors. In Now, What is Hadoop? And What’s Supported? I list 10 […]

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How Vendors Can Maximize Gartner Magic Quadrant Briefing Effectiveness

by Merv Adrian  |  July 28, 2015

By Adam Ronthal and Merv Adrian The Gartner Magic Quadrant is, perhaps, the most well known piece of research we publish each year.  Vendors appearing on the Magic Quadrant often issue press releases, purchase reprint rights, and generally make some well-deserved noise when included in the final research note. And quite rightly so.  The Magic Quadrants […]

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Now, What Is Hadoop? And What’s Supported?

by Merv Adrian  |  July 2, 2015

Updated August 11, 2015 This perennial question resurfaced recently in a thoughtful blog post by Andreas Neumann, Chief Architect of Cask, called What is Hadoop, anyway?. Ultimately, after a careful deconstruction of the terms in the question, Andreas concludes with “Does it really matter to agree on the answer to that question? In the end, everybody who […]

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Microsoft in MQs – June is Bustin’ Out

by Merv Adrian  |  June 18, 2015

Following December 2014’s Microsoft’s Product Positions – Positive Progress, and March’s Microsoft in MQs – March On,  this post updates my quarterly map of the several dozen Gartner Magic Quadrants that feature Microsoft offerings. As Microsoft nears the end of its fiscal year (and undergoes management shifts I’ll discuss in a future post) their MQ progress continues through […]

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