Actually, Stonebraker did say, and I quote the original article that you went back and read (with a dereferenced pronoun in ),
[The current major relational DBMSs] should be considered legacy technology, more than a quarter of century in age and "long in the tooth".
He called the existing major RDBMSs legacy and long in the tooth for not implementing the feature he is trumpeting, column storage, as an option when setting up a DB for use. He laments the fact that these vendors don't give you the option of setting up your DB in a way that provides huge performance gains for some usages that are becoming more common everyday, and says that there will be a revolution.
He is not saying that we don't still need row-oriented RDBMSs...which makes me wonder, does Vertica support both row and column stores?