Is Oracle Database a Legacy Technology?
Is Oracle Database a legacy technology? Michael Stonebraker thinks so. In a recent paper The End of an Architectural Era (It’s Time for a Complete Rewrite), he says:
“Because [the major] RDBMSs can be beaten by more than an order of magnitude on the standard OLTP benchmark, then there is no market where there they are competitive. As such, they should be considered as legacy technology more than a quarter of a century in age, for which a complete redesign and re-architecting is the appropriate next step.”
Them’s fighting words from the man behind Ingres, Postgres (post-Ingres), and other database technologies. Ingres, in particular, is said to be one of the most influential modern computer research projects because it gave rise to Informix, Tandem NonStop SQL, Sybase, and Microsoft SQL Server. We have to assume that Stonebraker now believes that all of these RDBMSs—not just Oracle—should be sent to the home for tired software.