NoSQL Archive

NoSQL Databases

by Chris S
Databases come in all types, from Relational Database Management Systems to Database warehouses. The RDBMS has been the most popular out of the bunch, but a new database has been gaining favor amongst businesses. NoSQL is the new database type that has been drawing lots of attention. It uses techniques that were not so fitting with the traditional SQL. The big difference is in how NoSQL functionality provides better data storage and retrieval. Technology in general will always have its pros and cons. NoSQL, however, has some interesting advantages. The big advantage to NoSQL database is that administrators will not have to “scale up” as data storage increases. The elasticity of NoSQL allows it to expand transparently to services new nodes that are added to it. Cloud servers are another example of admins not having to increase hardware size to meet big data needs. Big data is one reason why many companies are looking for new ways to handle the massive amounts of data stored on RDBMS. As businesses thrive and collect more data, the RDBMS may not be the best fit for storing decades of data and transaction logs. Everything about these new databases outweighs what RDBMS can do. Unfortunately, NoSQL databases are designed to require very little management, creating a decrease in demand for Database Administrators. That doesn’t mean DBAs will no longer be needed, but companies can cut back on the costs for such skilled individuals. NoSQL databases also cost less to store and retrieve data then typical RDBMS, since they utilize other servers to manage data and transactions. read more...

Netflix uses NoSQL as Demand Grows

by Ahlyzik M

As Netflix slowly takes over the online video market, there needs to be some type in-house redesign in their back-end infrastructure to accommodate for this demand. The company intends to do so by implementing a NoSQL style of architecture for a number of reasons. Yury Izrailevsky, Netflix’s Director of Cloud and Systems Infrastructure, stated that one of the main factors of choosing this style of database is because they best suit the use cases with those of Netflix. With the new infrastructure, there will be 3 different databases that handle each use case that Netflix has. This will in turn allow the user to have a better experience when using Netflix’s product. read more...