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IBM announced this morning that it will buy privately-held database software developer Solid Information Technology for an undisclosed sum. Solid's in-memory database software allows quick retrieval of data from a computer's memory (or RAM). Using the technology, enterprises can access and store data at speeds up to ten times …

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Interesting...

IDS's extensibility allows for some "in memory" functions. Why the purchase?

Or is Oracle's "times ten" acquisition providing more marketing mileage for the dollar?

I notice no price in the deal. Wonder if it was a mercy purchase?

Maybe the Register could dig a bit deeper and get some quotes from those involved.

Just mentioned Gumby sent ya. ;-)

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High speed garbage....

...,by any other name, is still garbage !!

GIGO rules OK !!

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Boffin

Gadfly

Is an in memory database that uses SQL commands.

It is written in Python so it is highly portable, and the key indexing functions ship with C code drop in functions so that portion isn't limited to the speessa of the interperter. MS flavor come with this precompiled , *NIX flavors can build it during install.

gadfly.py

Did I mention it's GPL?

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Teradata did this back in 1991

Teradata purchased Britton-Lee (Sharebase) back in 1991 as a way to garner some customers and to get a leg up on OLTP type database software. The Sharebase computer used a set of tables in memory to do a lot of very rapid joins, albeit on "limited" data. Sharebase also had a variant of the "Y-net" switch fabric that Teradata used to interconnect nodes that gave very fast inter-nodal communications between parts of the database.

So nothing new under the sun. We'll see where this goes.

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