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James Phillips, Co-Founder and Senior Vice President, Products - Couchbase

 James  Phillips
James Phillips is co-founder of Couchbase, a NoSQL database software company. In 1984, at age 17, he co-founded his first software company, Fifth Generation Systems – acquired by Symantec in 1993 forming the foundation of Symantec's PC backup software business. Immediately prior to Couchbase, James was co-founder and CEO of Akimbi Systems, a virtualization software company acquired by VMware in 2006.
In addition to his entrepreneurial pursuits, James has held executive leadership roles in software engineering, product management, marketing and corporate development at large public companies including Intel, Synopsys and Intuit and with venture-backed software startups including Central Point Software (acquired by Symantec), Ensim and Actional Corporation (acquired by Progress Software). He also spent two years as a technology investment banker with PaineWebber and Robertson Stephens and Co. advising software companies on M&A strategy and execution.

Presentation: "NoSQL database technology: A survey and comparison of systems"

Time: Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00

Location: Salon D

There has been a lot of hype about “NoSQL” database technology - systems that jettison the relational data model in favor of alternatives. While there are different approaches, with meaningful differences, they share two key characteristics: data can be stored without declaring or adhering to a schema, and data can be automatically distributed across an arbitrary number of servers (“auto sharding”) – adding and removing capacity to match the storage and performance needs of an application.   
This session will look at the advantages (and disadvantages) of using modern non-relational database management systems behind interactive, transactional software systems – particularly web and mobile applications. It will compare the different classes of NoSQL systems (e.g. key-value, document, column-oriented, graph) and specific instances of each (e.g. MongoDB, Couchbase, Riak, Cassandra, Hbase, Voldemort, Neo4j).