When Will NoSQL be the Giant in the Database World?

by Katheryn T
In the article I read about, there seemed to be a generally negative feeling about Oracle. Oracle has been around for years now and is used by many businesses for their database management. The article spoke about how time consuming and expensive Oracle is for most companies. It was described as “software for the upper one percent”.  When implementing an Oracle system, you have to pay for several fees and line items that seem useless. Not only is it expensive but has fundamental flaws for such a mature product. This was explained in a separate article. So the Oracle DBMS is a widely used product while still having some problems and while being very very expensive. NoSQL has been a competing software that was developed in 2009. This system is cheaper and has several benefits. But this article was talking about how even though there is a better alternative to Oracle, NoSQL will not be replacing it very quickly.

We have been talking in class about how databases should be designed and the fundamentals of that. A significant part of designing the database is using the correct tools for the company and budgeting the IS department correctly. Businesses will have a hard time running their databases efficiently if they technology they use is incorrect.

I felt this article to be particularly one sided. Obviously the author is not a fan of Oracle. It does seem silly to use such expensive resources when cheaper ones are available. Oracle began in the late 1970’s and has been developing for quite some time now. Unfortunately  NoSQL just needs more work for more people to take advantage of it.


OliverC., A. (2012, October 25). InfoWorld: Blog. Retrieved October 28, 2012, from InforWorld: http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/nosql-no-oracle-killer-205668?page=0,1


4 thoughts on “When Will NoSQL be the Giant in the Database World?

  • October 28, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Katheryn,

    Thanks for the article. It’s funny how Oracle likes to downplay NoSQL, but if you look closely, Oracle even has a NoSQL product that they released in 2011. As NoSQL matures, it will indeed take some business away from Oracle, however, as much as I hate to admit it, at the end of the day Oracle will still be in business. Larry Ellison has billions of dollars to spend and he’s very good at buying the competition.

  • October 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Interesting to read how Oracle’s database solutions are very expensive compared to their competitors. But I guess that’s how enterprise solutions are, provided that the benefits outweigh the costs and eventually bring in more profit for the company. A mobile device management solution (MDM) for iPads costs about $40,000 alone for a school district that I work for to implement. Since I think that’s expensive, I wonder how I would react to find out the real costs of Oracle’s database solution.

  • October 28, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Good selection of article! I know this has been written about by quite a few classmates as NoSQL is an up and coming product and we all want to learn what is on the cutting edge of the industry. I’m glad you pointed out that Oracle still has fundamental errors for being so old, you would think that Oracle being as big as they are would be able to fix these errors. We will just have to watch and see what happens, I don’t think Oracle is going anywhere but I do think they will have to continue to evolve to stay competitive.

  • October 28, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I would definitely have to agree with you. At the company I used to work for they used Oracle and all I ever heard was complaints from all the users who had to use it. I also heard many complaints from all the people who supported it. I feel that Oracle is an overly priced tool which is used to much and is just mainly bought because they have good name recognition. Good share!

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