Elastic acquires search startup Swiftype

Shay Banon Swiftype isn’t just a startup that we write about — we also use the technology to provide site search on TechCrunch itself. Now it’s being acquired by Elastic, the company behind the open source technology Elasticsearch. It turns out the two companies are already connected, because Swiftype uses Elasticsearch for indexing and storing its search content. In fact, Swiftype CTO… Read More


How viral open-source startups can build themselves into enterprise-IT powerhouses

Striped Halftone Pattern Hordes of new enterprise-IT upstarts have popped up in Silicon Valley, with some drawing lofty valuations from investors. They’re driven by new, more-advanced technologies in areas such as databases, software development, networking and cloud computing. And many are taking aim at incumbents like Dell, EMC, Oracle and IBM. But will these new companies ever be as valuable as those big names? Read More


Elastic brings order to its product line with Elastic Stack

Woman with reflection of search button in her glasses. For the last several years, Elastic has offered a range of analytics and visualization tools to go with its open source search engine. Today, it announced it was pulling those pieces together into an integrated stack. The new product known as Elastic Stack includes all of the company’s products: Elasticsearch, Kibana, Logstash and Beats. It’s available for download or as part of… Read More


Percona Live Europe featured talk with Philipp Krenn — Elasticsearch for SQL Users

Percona Live EuropeWelcome to another Percona Live Europe featured talk with Percona Live Europe 2016: Amsterdam speakers! In this series of blogs, we’ll highlight some of the speakers that will be at this year’s conference. We’ll also discuss the technologies and outlooks of the speakers themselves. Make sure to read to the end to get a special Percona Live Europe registration bonus!

In this Percona Live Europe featured talk, we’ll meet Philipp Krenn, Infrastructure | Developer Advocate at Elastic. His talk will be on Elasticsearch for SQL Users. Elasticsearch is a document store with its own query DSL. In his talk, he will look at several well-understood concepts and SQL queries from the relational paradigm and map these to their Elasticsearch equivalents.

I had a chance to speak with Philipp and learn a bit more about SQL searches:

Give me a brief history of yourself: how you got into database development, where you work, what you love about it.

I have switched between development and operations a few times and have been focusing on cloud and databases lately. This includes relational and non-relational databases, and how to find the right mix of solutions for projects. Since I started participating in more and more meetups and events, I was lucky to join the great team at Elastic. I now get to spread the good word and work on the infrastructure team. Now I can be found at lots of events, and I absolutely love to get out to the community and talk about all things search, database, metrics, operations and tech in general.

Percona: Your talk is called “Elasticsearch for SQL Users.” What is Elasticsearch? How can businesses use it to improve their database environment?

Philipp: Elasticsearch started off as a full-text search engine, providing the distribution, REST interface and Query DSL around the well-known Apache Lucene library. By now it covers logging, metrics, analytics, security and many more uses cases – but we’ll focus on search.

Many businesses have the need for a search that just works. While this sounds very simple, it can be challenging to implement, and many databases are just not for this task. That’s why Elasticsearch is a fantastic tool that you can add when you need a powerful search.

Percona: Why is bridging the worlds of relational and NoSQL databases important?

Philipp: Both sides are around to stay. I feel that the relational and the NoSQL worlds are growing closer together. Relational systems are getting better at scaling and replicating, as well as adding more flexible data types. Whereas NoSQL systems are adding more features, such as SQL-like interfaces, and slowly improving their tooling. Bridging these two worlds seems to be very fruitful to both, so anybody using both databases can only profit.

Percona: Where do you see MySQL and NoSQL heading in order to deal with some of the database trends that keep you awake at night?

Philipp: It’s a very dynamic landscape, so picking the right tools is not getting easier. And neither of the two systems will replace the other one anytime soon. I imagine a healthy competition for the future, which will hopefully allow all of us to have fewer sleepless nights, because I don’t consider being awake at night a feature!

Percona: What are looking forward to the most at Percona Live Europe this year?

Philipp: Lively discussions and arguments. Building products is just the start. Spreading the word, getting feedback, seeing how you can integrate with other solutions: these are all reasons why conferences are so valuable.

You can read more about Philipp and his thoughts on searches at his website and Twitter handle.

Want to find out more about Philipp, Elasticsearch and database searches? Register for Percona Live Europe 2016, and come see his talk Elasticsearch for SQL Users.

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Percona Live Europe 2016: Amsterdam is the premier event for the diverse and active open source database community. The conferences have a technical focus with an emphasis on the core topics of MySQL, MongoDB, and other open source databases. Percona live tackles subjects such as analytics, architecture and design, security, operations, scalability and performance. It also provides in-depth discussions for your high-availability, IoT, cloud, big data and other changing business needs. This conference is an opportunity to network with peers and technology professionals by bringing together accomplished DBA’s, system architects and developers from around the world to share their knowledge and experience. All of these people help you learn how to tackle your open source database challenges in a whole new way.

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Elastic Joins Azure Marketplace As It Strengthens Relationship With Microsoft

Search box with word enterprise in it. Elastic announced today that it was deepening its relationship with Microsoft by adding its open source and commercial products to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Elastic (which used to be known as ElasticSearch) has been working with Microsoft for some time. It runs search on, is embedded in Microsoft Dynamics CRM and also built into the Azure framework. With today’s… Read More

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