Boston has some pretty good database DNA dating back to Digital Equipment Corp.’s venerable Rdb and a raft of small object-oriented database firms that popped up 20 years ago. Those good genes are showing up again in a fresh crop of database companies clustered around the Boston-Cambridge nexus.
The fact that database pioneers Michael Stonebraker (famous for Ingres, Postgres, Streambase and Vertica(s hpq)) is in the area, as is Jim Starkey (instrumental in Rdb, InterBase and Netfrastructure), helps draw database talent from elsewhere and keeps local prospects coming out of MIT or other area schools where they are.
In the traditional, relational database world, the power sphere remains in Silicon Valley, with Oracle, but even that company has been drawn to Boston, where it beefed up its database portfolio with acquisitions like Endeca. Hewlett-Packard(s hpq), another valley giant, bought Tewksbury, Mass.-based Vertica and is moving its “big data” operations
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