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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About Dana Gardner

Dana Gardner is president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, an enterprise IT analysis, market research, and consulting firm. Gardner, a leading identifier of software and cloud productivity trends and new IT business growth opportunities, honed his skills and refined his insights as an industry analyst, pundit, and news editor covering the emerging software development and enterprise infrastructure arenas for the last 18 years. Gardner tracks and analyzes a critical set of enterprise software technologies and business development issues: Cloud computing, SOA, business process management, business intelligence, next-generation data centers, and application lifecycle optimization. His specific interests include Enterprise 2.0 and social media, cloud standards and security, as well as integrated marketing technologies and techniques. Gardner is a former senior analyst at Yankee Group and Aberdeen Group, and a former editor-at-large and founding online news editor at InfoWorld. He is a former news editor at IDG News Service, Digital News & Review, and Design News.
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