Enterprises used to have to buy actual CDs and physically download programs on employee computers. And everything was saved through a connection to the local network.
Obviously much has changed since then. The cloud is quickly becoming the norm, though on-premise storage still represents a sizable portion of IT spend. And the amount of data that businesses are stockpiling has simply skyrocketed.
The database industry is undergoing one of the most significant shifts in the history of the technology, as companies increasingly look to put that information to use. And tons of startups are popping up that are promising new approaches to storing and analyzing information.