Monday, June 08, 2009

RDBMS, RIP?

Many years ago I wrote about the death of the ACID transaction and the rise of the compensating transaction in loosely-coupled systems (here). I've never liked databases, and their sensitive, delicate, demeanour, so I'm particularly pleased to read more and more about the rise of massively scalable (and robust) "databases" based on denormalised key-value pairs - Cassandra (Facebook), BigTable (Google) & Dynamo (Amazon) to name but three.

I know none of these is exactly new, but I think the ideas behind them are being shared within the broader community these days, and that can only be a good thing.

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