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If we ever get that solid-state storage, Oracle is going to be in for a world of hurt.
For those that haven't dabbled in database admin:
To meet data integrity constraints, any RDBMS worthy of the name must write every INSERT to permanent storage (disk, today) before returning a success state for the insert. This is an enormous performance bottleneck, and Oracle (and other RDBMS vendors) have comitted crazy development energy to developing what amount to file systems and memory managers optimised for the RDBMS. If the bottleneck goes away, there won't be any noticable performance difference between Oracle and PostgreSQL-- in fact, Oracle, optimised for rotating magnetic disks, might be slower. Free of performance constraints, developers could then devote all of their time to adding features (like replication). PostgrSQL would match Oracle feature for feature very quickly. Oracle would have a hard time keeping up-- just imagine what it might be like for their developers to work around the hairballs in the codebase that optimise for rotating disks...