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16 NoSQL, NewSQL Databases To Watch

Traditional relational databases weren't invented with mobile, social, and big data types -- or extreme scale -- in mind. Get expert context on 16 next-era NoSQL and NewSQL choices.
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D. Henschen
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8/18/2014 | 10:42:52 AM
Re: Do others belong on this list?
Yes, FoundationDB was considered. Honestly we needed to cut it off at a good, round number. Originally I was working on a list of 12 but decided I needed to expand the list. I was looking at things like marquis customers, recent customer wins, volume of announcements and news coverage, number of search hits... all indicators of activity, interest and success.

FoundationDB was in definitely in the running and is also worth a look.   
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8/18/2014 | 10:24:54 AM
Re: Do others belong on this list?
Doug,

Thank you for taking the time to layout the landscape of these vendors and technologies.

I realize you can't list everyone, it'd be silly to assume you could, but I am curious about FoundationDB.  Was there a particular reason it didn't make the cut or did it just plain fall below the line of "enough already"?

Thank you again...Rich Murnane @murnane
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6/15/2014 | 1:51:06 PM
Re: redis and scalebase
I did mention Redis in the intro, along with Memchached and why I didn't include them.
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6/15/2014 | 5:07:24 AM
redis and scalebase
 So many options there.. you didnt mention

 

Redis - you can check the redislabs offering

 

and Scalebase.com who have an interesting techonlogy that support delineation between the application and the distributed database mechanism.
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6/14/2014 | 8:49:12 AM
MongoDB vs other NoSQL databases
I think it is good to compare all the NoSQL databases against each other's technical merits and MongoDB will easily hold its own. One thing never talked about are the companies and communities behind these technologies. If you are deploying an application or platform for production use, there are other serious questions you need to ask. What if you find a bug? Where can I go to get questions answered? How is the documentation? Is there a real company with real people behind it? One thing MongoDB has done very well is establish themselves in the technical community. The company provides incredible documentation, free training classes and a very active community blog. They support local Meetups throughout the world and have created a online community where no one ever needs to feel alone. They listen to their customers and have grown their products and services to meet their needs. I believe this is why MongoDB has become the NoSQL database everyone looks at and ends up choosing in the end.
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6/13/2014 | 4:13:35 PM
Re: Don't forget about IBM Informix
I can see you are under a rock.

Informix is legendary in its ease of use. Don't believe? Ask folks who actually use the product.

Want to talk cost? Lets take Mongo... if you never need to do a backup, then sure, its pretty cheap. But, want to backup your data? That's gonna cost you. When you add in support costs and the costs of building and deploying enterprise class applications, Informix is very competitive. You want to go cheap? Informix runs on ARM & Quark servers too.

Plus, you get 30 years of experience on supporting a product that is deployed everywhere... telecom, retail, banking, gaming and a great and knowledgable users group community.

What's your definition of NoSQL or NewSQL? Just because a product has been around awhile doesn't disqualify it from being considered if it does most of what the other's claim to do. Why so narrow focused?
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6/13/2014 | 2:47:56 PM
Re: More evidence on the state of CouchDB
Hey, its your list, so you get to pick what gets on it.

But know that there are better lists that dont omit big things based on points like the ones you seem to be making.
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6/13/2014 | 2:19:17 PM
Re: Don't forget about IBM Informix
You must be kidding! This is a listing of "New"SQL offerings. What's the Informix story on ease/cost of ultra-high scale and ease of admin at that scale? Then let's talk about cost. Sure, big banks are still using Informix (invented circa 1980), but it doesn't belong on this list.
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6/13/2014 | 2:17:32 PM
More evidence on the state of CouchDB
In February 2013, Jan Lehnardt wrote about "The State of CouchDB" at length. He felt compelled to assert that "CouchDB is not Dead," and added a lot of detail about a "CouchDB reboot." If you're interested in knowing more about CouchDB, I would read this article and know that the the database's fortunes have only improved with IBM's Cloudant purchase. But I did not separtely list it as a NoSQL "database to watch" and it would not have even come up if not for the IBM/Cloudant deal.

According to posts, Jan is affiliated with The Couch Firm, but do an Internet search of that name you'll see that it's a fledgling entity that emerged last year. I can't find much evidence -- just some Tweets and a single static web page -- of a solid, stable org that a company would trust to support a mission-critical application. 
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6/13/2014 | 2:10:25 PM
Don't forget about IBM Informix
IBM Informix

DBMS type: SQL + NoSQL

Description: Its Informix... If you're not familiar with Informix yet, what rock are you under?

Comment: While traditional relational databases did not originate with mobile, social and big data types in mind, that doesn't mean they can't handle those things with ease. Not all traditional databases were created the same. Architecture matters! Informix supports JSON & BSON as a native type. That means you get enterprise class scalability (scale up to 2mil transactions a sec & scale out to hundreds of nodes). Want to see relational as JSON? Want to see JSON as relational? Want to run queries that join between relational and JSON or JSON to JSON? Use your existing mongo app and point it at Informix... no problem. Best solution in the world for TimeSeries data and you can do TimeSeries in JSON. Same goes for spatial. Want BLU acceleration of JSON docs? Got that too!
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