An excellent blog by Chuck Hollis today really got me thinking about databases. In Chuck's post (on Chucks's Blog) he relates a presentation by Charles Fan that was recently given. From Databases to Dataclouds is the title and a good overall summary of the blog / presentation.
After reading it my initial reaction is that this seems like a total revolution in how data is used and harnessed. We are now talking about being able to use new database technologies and techniques to mange, control, and analyze data in near real-time. Time-to-decision in seconds. Data literally flowing all around us and yet captured, analyzed, and understood in real-time.
We would all like to see the world move on from relational databases to a totally new approach - a revolutionary approach. But the reality is that the relational database will continue to be the key core aspect of just about any data intensive effort. Additional features and optimization will continue to be added. Entirely new ways to deal with and manage data can be used in conjunction. But the core strengths of relational databases (transactions come to mind) will continue to make them indispensable.
I believe that what we are seeing is an evolution in database software combined with an evolution in hardware performance which adds up to a revolution when seen together.
When you take this and use it on top of the revolution that virtualization has created, you end up with a paradigm shifting view of the world. Even though Chuck's blog is kinda long, I recommend that you read it through and see if it makes you start thinking too.
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