One of the authors, Dr. Eric Brewer of Berkeley, is quite influential in the field. He and his team did ground breaking work at Inktomi; his CAP theorem is considered important and he is arguably one of the spiritual fathers of the noSQL movement. He's even a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.
Naturally I went ducking for more information to see if the good Dr. had more to offer on the subject (as the paper above is from 1997).
But oh dear gentle reader, alas, look what https://duckduckgo.com fished out:
(I'm sorely tempted to reply to that tweet ...)