Vertica Systems launched a unique, multiauthor blog that offers database architects and administrators, CIOs and other IT professionals expert insight and opinion about database evolution and emerging technologies. The Database Column ( features weekly contributions from six well-known database visionaries discussing enhancements that improve database performance and scalability, decrease database administration overhead and system costs, and help organizations make more informed decisions.

In the first post, Vertica Co-founder and CTO Dr. Michael Stonebraker - an industry luminary who pioneered Ingres, Postgres and column-oriented databases as well as launched five successful venture-backed startup companies - discusses the end of the one-size-fits-all database. Stonebraker notes how innovation in the industry has been stifled; details the decline of databases from vendors who have been trying to force-fit their solutions to meet different industry needs; and highlights recent developments that enable business users to query larger databases exponentially faster and more efficiently than before.

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