Turns out RethinkDB is a SSD database to watch in 2011. I’ve known about it for a while but it hasn’t really stood out just yet (I don’t know anyone running it in production).
That said, I’m excited by the potential.
What’s really shocking to me, is that while SSD and flash storage is very exciting, it wasn’t as revolutionary in 2010 as I would have liked to have seen.
I’m not sure why this is… there are people running them at scale but not significantly enough to make them a revolution.
RethinkDB is a MySQL data store optimized for solid state drives. Solid-state drives do away with moving parts and are extremely low-latency. Most database stores are designed for traditional hard drives and assume relatively high-latency. RethinkDB aims to allow database developers to take full advantage of the performance benefits of solid-state drives.