Databases are evolving into a new stream-centric architecture that is well-suited to real-time distributed analytic computing in the Internet of Things. This new paradigm will leverage distributed event logs, temporal database concepts and materialized views as core architectural concepts. As it gains traction, this new approach could pave the way for a world where databases (in the traditional sense) occupy a less pivotal role in the end-to-end architecture. Users should rest assured that their investments in relational, columnar and other established database technologies won’t become obsolete. These, plus Hadoop, NoSQL, in-memory and other newer data-platform architectures, will play together very nicely within hybrid virtualized environments.