NewSQL to Distributed SQL: the future of the database with Matt Aslett image

NewSQL to Distributed SQL: the future of the database with Matt Aslett

Published Wednesday, Jul 28, 2021

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In 2011, Matt Aslett of 451 Research (now a part of S&P Global Market Intelligence) introduced a category of emerging new databases and coined it NewSQL. Fast forward ten years and a subset of this group has emerged with a re-architected and reimagined concept of relational databases, Distributed SQL.

This second generation of SQL database vendors is better positioned to succeed where their NewSQL predecessors failed. The results of 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise: Data & Analytics, Data Platforms 2021 survey found that 58% of IT decision-makers expected to use a globally distributed database within a year, while 70% planned to do so within three years. It is time to move on.

Please join us as we welcome Matt Aslett to the Cockroach Hour where we’ll discuss what happened to NewSQL and talk through his latest research outlining the newly mounted Distributed SQL category. We also cover:

  • What happened to NewSQL
  • Why go “global”? Why cloud? Why distributed?
  • How and why to use Distributed SQL?
  • Where is all of this headed for our databases?

Matt Aslett BIO Matt Aslett is a Research Director with responsibility for the Data, AI & Analytics Channel at 451 Research, a part of S&P Global Market Intelligence. This Channel includes operational and analytic databases, Hadoop, grid/cache, stream processing, data integration, data governance, and data management, as well as data science and analytics, machine learning, and AI. Matt’s own primary area of focus currently includes data abstraction, virtualization, and analytics acceleration, data culture and data literacy, data streaming, and streaming data integration, as well as hybrid cloud data processing.


Jim Walker
Jim Walker
VP of Product Marketing
Cockroach Labs
Matt Aslett
Matt Aslett
Director of Research
451 Research


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