Re: Am I missing something?
The other major differentiator is the use of the Raft algorithm for leader election. The article says Paxos, but it's really raft. This gives it a scalability that conventionally architected RDBMSs currently can't achieve, and why the architecture's been lifted for Apache Kudu. This makes it Stupidly Scalable and very performant in the single datacentre. It's Google's addition of "TrueTime" that allows them to scale across datacentres.