David Maitland | Redis Labs | TechWeek18

Avatar Ben Fower | 11/12/2018

David Maitland joined us at TechWeek 18 in Frankfurt to talk about Redis Labs and the work that they are doing in the information and data sectors. Hosted by Will Spalding.

Will: I’m delighted to be joined by David Maitland of Redis Labs. Hey, how you doing?

David: I’m fine. Thank you.

Will: Thank you very much for coming on the show. So, David, you are the vice-president of Europe, Middle East and Africa. Tell us a little bit more about that role because obviously, that’s quite a varied area and then also a little bit about Redis Labs too.

David: Sure. So my role is all about building the Redis Labs business across that region you mentioned, EMEA, and obviously building our teams not just in the London area, but also southern Europe, Central Germany, Nordics, Israel Etc. So, in terms of Redis Labs what we do we are in memory NoSQL database. Now, you probably heard of lots of NoSQL databases. We specialize in the area of real time. Okay, so given the world that we’re living in today people want instant information to have instant information you need access to data fast to make real-time decisions Etc. So typically, they are the use cases we exist in. Redis as a product is a very popular database and it’s got a massive huge open source community. We are the home and provide that open source, and we provide a commercial product that allows organizations to deploy in the cloud or on-premise or hybrid etc.

Will That fantastic. So where about are Redis Labs actually based on because of the fact that you’ve got a number of different offices? Where’s your headquarters?

David: So, HQ is in Mountain View, California, out R&D is in Israel. And the EMEA HQ is in London tower 42 in the city.

Will: Oh, very nice is that where you’re based is it?

David: That’s exactly where I’m based.

Will: Likewise, we’re based in Waterloo.

David: Ah so just around the corner.

Will: So Redis Labs, what are you guys doing? Obviously, you mentioned the fact you’re doing it real time. Is there anything that you wanted to mention on the show that you’re bringing to TechWeek 18 that you’re very proud to announce?

David: Well I mean there is a number of things that we’re doing with our product in terms of new enhancements, newer features etc. which we are publishing. We’ve got some really interesting announcement at our Redis London show next week. But in terms of the product itself, there’s a lot of great stuff we’re doing around modules. So, on top of our core product, we have great features like search, real-time machine learning and a number of graph modules Etc. that are coming out and that’s available today that the community is aware of that’s quite exciting in this particular space. So that really the main product features, but we’ll be announcing them at the shows coming forward.

Will: I mean sort of doing your Middle East, Africa, do you find that there’s quite a lot of variation between, obviously, what’s in demand in say Europe and the Middle East and Africa is there a difference between what the customers and what the lower end users are wanting there?

David: Absolutely massive difference. I mean the types of adoption in this particular space really does vary. So, if you take Europe, for example, mobile’s, real-time applications and apps associated own types of devices there is as a huge demand. Where if you take Africa, for example, it’s all about connectivity and the problems that they have. So, it does absolutely vary region to region.

Will: That’s great. So, what really brings you guys not only is to TechWeek but in terms of the next 5 to 10 years, is there anything that is really in the forefront.

David: Absolute, we’re definitely in the forefront of being the chosen platform for digital. So, we’re seeing a lot of organizations looking at their infrastructure, changing it to address real-time type of requirement. So they’re doing re-platforming, they’re rearchitecting their systems but they’re looking at what is the right data platform and they realised technologies like traditional databases, Oracle, IBM is not the way forward. They need a far more flexible, agile platform that allows them to scale, to address these new requirements.

Will: I think that is a really important thing anyway. I think companies nowadays just want to work in an agile environment. I mean in terms of where you guys stand, where would you say. Are you sort of a medium-sized company would you say focusing on more SMEs or do you go to higher end platform? What do you what you specialize in?

David: I mean Redis is everywhere. So, to give you an idea if you take for example Docker downloads, you know, we’ve hit the billion mark ages ago. I mean, we are literally leading the forefront in terms of adopting. But in terms of the types of organizations that are hitting us, it’s everybody right from the small startups that want to use the product for free. Right up to the major banks like American Express or other companies that were caught in their transaction processing systems. So, we are pretty much across the board. In Europe, we’re getting a lot of traction in the likes of travel and transport, retail, government Etc. We’re getting a lot of traction in those.

Will: Okay and just quickly, because for a lot of viewers, they probably know, what NoSQL especially what NoSQL is all about. But for those who don’t which, there might be a few on disruptive just give us a little bit of an overview of what NoSQL really does and what it’s all about.

David: Well indeed. I mean if you look at what’s happened in the past traditional databases like Oracle, they were designed for enterprise applications. For organizations and that was fine. But along came the likes of companies like Facebook and all of a sudden now people’s data and their structure is changing a lot more regular than they used to. So, for example back then, you know, you had to form an application you had to fill in some system and it was a particular use of that system that would use that application. Nowadays with Facebook your profile is changing you got different email address, you’ve got locations, but to constantly data structures keep changing to do that with traditional database took too long because typically you’re doing rollout for databases, rollouts for every six months, nowadays if you take a company like Facebook or others, you know, they got four or five rollouts per week.. So, this is where NoSQL plays and it allows people to have the flexibility of the platform to bring the power to the application. But giving them the flexibility as well and this is why NoSQL is really a key player.

Will: It’s an important thing to know. So, moving off topics slightly again, that’s what I’ve been tending to do today. Getting away from all-consuming tech. However, I have got a tech question for you. If you could live in a VR landscape where all your dreams come true or you live in the real world where all your dreams don’t come true. Which one would you choose?

David: Oh, definitely the real world, definitely in the real world because it’s real.

Will: I mean to be fair, I think that’s the basic answer there. And one more as well. You’re a fellow Brit as they might have picked up on disruptive. Well your hometown, give us an interesting fact that maybe viewers around the world might not know.

David: Well for myself I live in a little town called Ongar which is beyond a little forest called Epping Forest is a really nice. Ongar is a little town just outside so it’s great for the kids at school Etc. There’s a program called The Only Way is Essex, so they actually feature some of our key restaurants in the show. Not that I watch it, but so I’m told.

Will: Well, there you go. I didn’t think TOWIE would come up on Disruptive Live, but you never know what I’m going to get on this show quite frankly.

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