Back in the 90’s, a group of German engineers put together the world’s first grid computing network. When putting together this network, they used over 100 PCs running on the first version of the Linux operating system. It was a great success, and everybody called it the dawn of a new technology that would change the computing world forever.
There are 2 major database vendors working on their next big version of their database engines. Microsoft and Oracle are getting ready to release their best database system yet. Well, in the near future at least. Nevertheless here are some preliminary info that leaked from the development teams.
It was summer of 2000 when I first learned about Sybase IQ and its revolutionary column vector database technology. As a long time Sybase ASE and Oracle DBA I was used to database engines that organize data in a row by row method. For quite some time I had difficulties to think in column terms and not in row terms.