Late last year RedMonk analyst Steven O’Grady wrote a post titled “A Return to the General Purpose Database.” The idea was that the market, seeking something beyond “vanilla” relational databases, had yielded all sorts of specialized NoSQL and other databases (or, in AWS’s case, had attempted to sell pretty much every kind of database). But now, the market is starting to reverse its decade-long experiment. DB-Engines, which tracks database popularity, once tracked just a handful of databases but by 2022, that total swelled to 391. Will we now return to a smaller handful of general-purpose databases?
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