More relational DBMS bashing – check Dave Kellogg’s full post for more details
Mike Stonebraker spoke today at SIGMOD (see Tweetstream) where, among other things there was a 40-year anniversary celebration of the relational DBMS and, in what I suspect is non-coincidental timing, Mike did a post on the CACM site entitled The End of a DBMS Era (Might be Upon Us).
Moreover, the code line from all of the major vendors is quite elderly, in all cases dating from the 1980s. Hence, the major vendors sell software that is a quarter century old, and has been extended and morphed to meet today’s needs. In my opinion, these legacy systems are at the end of their useful life. They deserve to be sent to the “home for tired software.”
I have great respect for Michael Stonebraker’s accomplishments, and I am also impressed with Mark Logic’s track record, but I believe catchy phrases such as “the end of the one size fits all database” and “the home for tired software” are generally exaggerated perspectives from people who just happen to be trying to sell you non-traditional data management products…
It’s unhelpful to suggest IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle – which collectively, according to a 2009/06 Forrester report, control 88% of the (revenue share of the) commercial DBMS market – are somehow oblivious about opportunities to use new indexing and storage approaches for OLTP, leverage in-memory models for transaction processing, etc.