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Leon Katsnelson

Leon Katsnelson's blog about free database products in general and IBM DB2 Express-C in particular

Note: The content of this blog is the opinion and thoughts of the blogger and does not necessarily represent the opinions of IDUG.


Self-service data warehouse on cloud helping IT deal with application backlogOn November 4, 2013 at the IOD Conference we are going to make available for early access BLU Acceleration for Cloud. This is a self-service data warehousing and business intelligence and analytics solution. It is built on the premise of empowering business users with the tools and access to data they need to win in the market. It frees data out of “data jail” that many enterprise data warehouses have become yet it lets IT retain control and ensure security and compliance. I like to think of BLU Acceleration for Cloud as democratizing data warehousing and analytics – capabilities that have traditionally been available to a privileged few.Over the course of the next few weeks I will be posting a series of blog posts describing BLU Acceleration for Cloud but if you want to sneak a peek now, point your browser to
Going to Las Vegas for IODIt is almost that time of the year when IBM Information Management customers and partners head to las Vegas to attend IBM IOD conference. Over the years it has become a very popular destination with record attendance and lots of really great sessions. I've presented at the IOD every year for as long as I [...]
What do iPhone 5 maps debacle, cloud and big data hadoop have to do with each otherYou are probably scratching your head thinking that the title of this post is a random collection of words. I assure you nothing can be further from the truth; read on and the connection will become apparent. Let's start with two biggest news in consumer electronics of 2012 i.e. introduction of the iPhone 5 and [...]
What is Big Data anyway?IT industry's penchant for trends is eclipsed only by that of the fashion industry. The latest IT fashion is big data. As with most trendy topics, there is no shortage of pundits who will espose their views on the subject. I happen to be curating a daily electronic paper called All About Big Data and I am overwhelmed with the volume of writing on the subject of big data. Unfortunately, much of this writing is nothing more than self serving chest beating by major IT vendors. Not a day goes by without someone asking me "so, what is so different about big data?" This is the first in a series of posts that will be focused on coming up with a non nonsense easy to understand by meere mortals explanation.
Developer Day for Hadoop and Big Data geeks in Silicon ValleyI am always envious of the people who live in Silicon Valley. It is not the California weather that I crave though it is nice. If you like technology there never seems to be a shortage of meetups, conferences and all around interesting events. There is just such a high concentration of talent that you [...]
How Big Data made Groupon refuse $6 billion from GoogleThe fact that Groupon, a two-year old startup, refused six billion offer from Google is the stuff of legends. For most people, myself included, this was just unfathomable. While we may never know the real reason for Groupon refusing to grab the Google money and run, there is an upcoming book Groupon's Biggest Deal Ever: The [...]
Happy Mother’s Day to Big Data and Cloud MamasWith the Mothers Day upon us and with many of my blog followers having mothers (my big data analytics software estimates this to be at close to 100%) or mothers themselves, I thought I'd post this infographic just as a reminder to do something nice for all the mothers out there. Not Yo Mama's Mama [...]
DB2 Express-C v10: An even better database, still free of chargeToday is a really great day for those who like IBM DB2 and especially those who like to get it free of charge. Earlier today we released DB2 Express-C, the free version of the IBM DB2 DBMS, to the world. We made it available for immediate download and we also made it available on the [...]
Where Does Big Data Come From?In 1999, there were 38 million broadband Internet users worldwide. Today, there are 1.2 billion people getting broadband Internet access on their phones. Yes, one out of every seven on our planet now has broadband connectivity on their mobile phone.
DB2, Big Data and Cloud Computing WebinarUpdate: Replay of the webinar is at The coolest part of my job is the opportunity to work with hottest technologies. I've been lucky over the years to be able to pick an emerging technology that I thought was going to make an impact on IT and immerse myself in it. Right now I [...]