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In The Brain of Ian Plosker: The Triumph of Simplicity

How database complexity will be replaced by simple services

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Dijkstra once said that "complexity sells better." While this may be the case in the short run, long run trends appear to counter this. Over the past 5 years cloud computing has gained such traction that the idea of a startup buying servers is laughable. What had formerly been done with hardware is now done simply with software, and further what is done with software is now done easily by services.

At the same time a plethora of new databases have emerged to fill a host of storage and querying niches. While in general IT operations have gotten easier, less labour intensive, and cheaper, the operations of databases have not. The level of complexity in storing and querying data has exploded. In this session we will explore why this is the case and discuss how database software eventually will be overrun by simple services.

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