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I agree with your general point regarding the NOSQL/Hadoop 'goldrush'. However, with all due respect, you are heavy-handed in broadly discounting these technologies - it's too early to predict what these powerful tools may or may not inspire.

As to SQL, it has both its purpose and its limitations, let's see how the paradigm holds over the next ten years.

My guess is that if SQL doesn't evolve to co-opt related capabilities, which will become requirements, it will slowly move to irrelevance.

Anant Jhingran

Got it. My POV -- they should not be discounted, but they should not be hyped up too. So moderation is needed!

Re. SQL into irrelevance, there I disagree. I see resurgence, not irrelevance. What I basically see is that the data management market is growing -- relational is growing, and non-relational is growing, but one is not growing at the expense of other.


The data management market is definitely growing and will continue to do so, but it's worth noting that the term 'relational' and 'database' are and have been changing as an inevitable part of product maturity and convergence. Hadoop and NoSQL are accelerating this evolution.

In the end, it's not what you store, or how you store it that matters to business - it's what you can do with it.

Traditional databases are being abstracted below virtualization layers that facilitate synthesis across data of all types. This is good for business.

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