“PALO ALTO, CALIF. – Is the database still relevant? Panelists at a
Software Development Forum session here Wednesday evening debated this
and other questions pertaining to what will be the role of databases in
the future, chiming in about the elevated role of XML, commoditization,
and open source software.” From .
Short answer: Duh. Yes, databases are still relevant. Several good
points in the article, though: databases should be commodity items at
some level of the decision-making process, although they are not to the
technicians who develop and maintain them, nor to the folks who need
specific features or licensing arrangements.