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Why NoSQL Databases Are Gaining Fans
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D. Henschen
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10/11/2013 | 8:21:15 PM
re: Why NoSQL Databases Are Gaining Fans
I've seen those "DataStax Takes on Oracle" and "MongoDB Takes on Oracle" headlines, but that view is off base. The story above and our related "When NoSQL Makes Sense" http://ubm.io/1auk7tF cover story make the point that NoSQL has its place (several places, in fact, across several NoSQL products/types), but the technology WILL NOT displace relational databases. That said, I don't agree with Moarsausce123 that it's just a fad. Even if the leaders of today don't have staying power, they will change the course of the database market.
moarsauce123
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10/9/2013 | 11:35:32 AM
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Maybe...but there is still a lot of structured data to be dealt with where NoSQL doesn't help or is even more a distraction. Besides that, calls come up these days asking for the NoSQL databases to allow for schema and transactions and triggers and sprocs and what have not...all the good stuff that traditional database engines provide. There is a place for NoSQL databases, but currently it is more like a fad. Doing NoSQL in 90 days looks cool and gives brief bragging rights. It is the same as with SharePoint. Not too long ago every static site was moved to SharePoint until folks figured out that they need a big admin staff and get no benefits compared to an Apache web server that they can whip up in ten minutes. Other examples: replace Flash with Silverlight, replace CSV with XML and then deal with the larger overhead, move everything to VMs and the cloud without spending anything on network infrastructure to carry the massive load...
Thomas Claburn
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10/8/2013 | 11:09:44 PM
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Can any of this be seen as a desire to get away from Oracle?
Lorna Garey
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10/8/2013 | 5:13:26 PM
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Seems like it would be smart for these communities to aggressively launch efforts to educate data analysts and developers to use their product. The big limiter for use in typical enterprises is expertise.
D. Henschen
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10/8/2013 | 5:07:30 PM
re: Why NoSQL Databases Are Gaining Fans
There are dozens of NoSQL (and NewSQL) databases. Why does one flourish while another fails? It's hard to pin it down, but the open source model has been more successful, generally speaking, than commercial approaches in the alternative database and big data arenas. And the bigger the community, the bigger the VC money.


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