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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.
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Ian Plosker is the CTO and cofounder of Orchestrate.io, a service that eliminates the need to run databases. Prior to Orchestrate.io, Ian worked at Basho Technologies, the makers of the open source database Riak.