Ian and I caught up with Anthony from The Last Pickle on Friday morning for a coffee - shout out to the database geniuses!
VIVA is nowhere near ready for Cassandra yet.
"What's a good transition point?" Ian asked.
"Probably when you are getting into the terabytes. You should start planning when you have 500 gigabytes of data," Anthony replied, without flinching at the size of the databases.
For the layman, myself included, a terabyte of text in a database is about:
I do not know when VIVA will have or need that much data, especially since we designed the whole system to capture the least volume of data for the maximum amount of information. Maybe if you include pictures and videos, then we will hit that threshold a bit faster, but the design of VIVA at the moment is not to store pictures and videos on our own database.
I am sure Ian, Syed and I will have lots of fun designing the next evolution of VIVA's backend.
Joyce and Oliver have been spending every Friday with us at Pyrmont for the last few months. They have been amazing marketing interns!
I realised last week that I have been spoon-feeding them information, rather than getting them to run their own research... and so I have taken them off the task of producing creatives, and set them running on a deep dive task into researching market segments in Sydney.
We only managed to chat for an hour or so between my meetings, and it was then I realised how many of VIVA's algorithms are based on the same principles as those brain teaser questions that management consulting firms ask at interviews, things like, "how many ping pong balls can fit in a 747?" That is a blog post for another time.