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In nature, small moves in tectonic plates cause pressure to build over time until it is released in sudden and violent earthquakes. The same principle applies to the world of computer technology. Technical advances often build upon each other, paving the way for large disruptive shifts in the technology landscape. For example, the combination of the Internet, browsers and AJAX/Flash enable online applications like Google Docs to threaten desktop applications. One are now poised for just such a disruption in the database market. The technologies that are reshaping the database landscape are: faster storage, faster networking/interconnections, virtualization and cloud economics. This white paper explains each of these technologies and how they are aligning to create a tectonic disruption in the database landscape.
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