July 8, 2011
Interesting how the writer of the article below mentions start-ups who use easy access to SQL skills to launch their business prototype, but then have to grow into more complex systems over time.
Vendor lock-in can be a serious problem for startups who find themselves at a pivot point of maintain growth but needing to move to alternate technologies and platforms in order to sustain that growth in the first place.
Original article: http://gigaom.com/cloud/facebook-trapped-in-mysql-fate-worse-than-death
According to database pioneer Michael Stonebraker, Facebook is operating a huge, complex MySQL implementation equivalent to "a fate worse than death." It's actually a predicament all too common ...