My friend MosheZ alerted me to the fact (which few hours later appeared all over the net) that VMWare hired Redis key developer. Which is as close to acquisition as you can get with an open source project.
What is Redis? Redis is yet-another-NoSQL. A key-value store, somewhat similar to Tokyo Cabinet. Except that Redis does persistence differently, which makes it faster in many cases. Redis started as a Memcached replacement, so a lot of the documentation describes it as follows: Redis is like Memcached, except it supports more data types, it is persistent to some degree and it is not distributed.
But the more interesting question is – Why does VMWare need Redis?
VMWare says: “As VMware continues its investments in the context of cloud computing, technologies such as Redis become key for future cloud based apps, whether private or public cloud, and the cloud infrastructure itself.”
So Redis is cloud and VMWare is a major cloud player, therefore VMWare needs redis. Two discrepancies stand out in this story:
Clearly, the place to look is not in existing value but in the future. So here are my predictions:
Predicting is very difficult (especially about the future) and I’m very much ready to regret ever posting my day dreams in public, but these are exciting possibilities. I wonder if they make sense to anyone else.
And speaking of MosheZ, he is a prolific song writer, and he wrote a song about DBAs! I’m thinking of performing it live during one of my presentations. Actually I’m thinking of writing a presentation “How to win arguments or influence users” just to have an excuse to sneak this song in
Chen (Gwen) Shapira