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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Are Proprietary Databases Doomed? (Allan Packer's Weblog)

Are Proprietary Databases Doomed? (Allan Packer's Weblog): "Feature Stagnation In The Traditional Database Market

When I joined Sun in the late 80s, choosing a database was still an important issue for end users. Large customers routinely issued tenders for databases as well as for computer systems, and, to help in the selection process, customers often staged performance bakeoffs between competing database vendors using home-grown benchmarks.
In the 90s, fierce competition led to a rapid explosion in features as well as dramatic improvements in performance. Sun in particular invested a lot of engineering effort in working with the major database companies to improve performance and scalability."

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