Speaker Spotlight Column: M.C. Srivas on Hbase Innovations

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nosql-speaker-spotlightby Charles Roe

DATAVERSITY™ recently interviewed M.C. Srivas, the CTO and Co-Founder of MapR Technologies, Inc. M.C. Srivas will be giving a session at the NoSQL Now! Conference in San Jose, CA from August 20-22, 2013. The session is titled “HBase Innovations: A Million Ops per Second From a 10-node Cluster.”

The Speaker Spotlight Column (and its parallel venture the Sponsor Spotlight Column) is an ongoing project that focuses on highlighting several of the central issues represented at the many Data Management conferences produced by DATAVERSITY.

The primary emphasis of the interview was to question M.C. Srivas on his work and history within the industry, with particular importance on his presentation at the upcoming conference:

DATAVERSITY (DV): What are you going to discuss during your session at NoSQL Now! (Please be specific about the most important theme you’ll be discussing and the benefits the audience will obtain)?

M.C. Srivas (MCS): Performance of NoSQL databases will be the primary theme. The session will uncover some of the common issues with NoSQL database performance and build the case for how to approach this problem.

DV: What is really important about such a topic in terms of the current state of NoSQL (and databases in general) and/or how the industry going to transform moving into the future?

MCS: Most NoSQL solutions out there make the user choose between reliability, performance and ease of use. A viable solution for the future should not force such constraints. The session will talk about these tradeoffs and the solution.

DV: In terms of your current organization, what is the principal focus of your work? How does you topic tie into that work?

MCS: I am the Cofounder and CTO of MapR Technologies. We are building enterprise-grade big data technologies for the market. M7 is our latest offering in the NoSQL space.

DV: Please tell us a little about yourself and your history in the industry, past work experience, and how you got started in the data profession?

MCS: I ran one of the major search infrastructure teams at Google where GFS, BigTable and MapReduce were used extensively. Before that I was Chief Architect at Spinnaker Networks (now NTAP) which built the industry’s fastest single-box NAS filer, as well as the industry’s most scalable clustered filer. Previously, I managed the Andrew File System (AFS) engineering team at Transarc (now IBM). AFS is now standard classroom material in operating systems courses.

DV: What is the biggest challenge happening in your particular area of the industry at this time?

MCS: At MapR, we think the lack of enterprise grade features for Big Data solutions is one of the biggest challenges enterprise customers face today .

DV: How is such a change influencing your job?

MCS: It provides a great opportunity for us to provide these solutions to the market.

DV: How have your job, and/or the work you are doing at your organization, altered in the past 12 months? How do you expect it will change in the next 1-2 years?

MCS: We are extremely knowledgeable about the Hadoop space and our technology is at the forefront of Hadoop and NoSQL technologies. We are setting the pace for the industry.

DV: Are there any other emerging technologies (such as Big Data, Semantics, Cloud computing etc.) going to affect your job in future?

MCS: Cloud, Big Data and NoSQL should all cater to the end user and we are building MapR to be the technology leader across these markets.

DV: What is something noteworthy about yourself, outside of the work environment, which you would like to tell the conference attendees and our readers that they may not know?

MCS: I enjoy chess, photography and playing racket games.

If you are interested in attending M.C. Srivas’ session at NoSQL Now!, please see the conference schedule at: http://nosql2013.dataversity.net/agenda.cfm?confid=74&scheduleDay=PRINT

His session is on Wednesday, August 21st at 10:15am.

About NoSQL Now!:
NoSQL Now! is an educational conference and exhibit focused on the emerging field of NoSQL technologies. NoSQL (Not Only SQL) refers to the new breed of databases that are not based on the traditional relational database model, including document stores, key value stores, columnar databases, XML databases and graph databases. The NoSQL Now! Conference is designed to educate developers, data managers and architects on how these new technologies work, the applications they are best suited for, and how to deploy them. The upcoming 2013 event is expected to draw over 800 attendees. Additional details are available at http://www.NoSQLNow.com.

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