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Two Important Events in the NoSQL World

I’m starting to catch up with the news after my sabatical month and it turns out things didn’t stay still during this period. While there are quite a few very important things that have happened during October, I’d like to bring up two very interesting ones that mark a possible turn in the NoSQL databases world.

  1. The first insolvency/bankruptcy in the market.

    Based on a tweet from Achim Friedland, ex-development lead CTO at sones, the German graph database sones GmbH, which raised back in February another round of funding, was declared insolvent.

    This is an unfortunate validation of my thoughts about Graph Databases market penetration. sones GmbH has never been a market leader, but they could have tried to focus on a niche segment of the graph database emerging market and while that wouldn’t necessarily transform the company in a huge success, it would have probably gave it more time to refine the product and expand.

    Update: Daniel Kirstenpfad (CTO, sones GmbH) reached out to me with some clarifications:

    1. Achim Friedland was at a point in time the development lead of sones and in that position responsible for leading the developer team. He never was CTO of sones.

    2. sones is not insolvent but rather is under preliminary bankrupty administration with the goal to arrive at a solution for continuation of product and company

  2. I’m starting to notice a shift in the (marketing) message of a couple of NoSQL companies towards Enterprise NoSQL. I’m not yet sure what enterprise NoSQL means though: targeting enterprise customers, large scale NoSQL deployments, expensive NoSQL product and services packages, etc..

    Whatever this terms means, I take it as a sign of: a) the market becoming too busy; b) growing competition for paying customers ; c) investors looking for clear validations of their investments.

    What I hope this does not mean is the start of the unhealthy, unfriendly, and dirty competition. This market segment has greatly benefitted from a friendly environment in which all contenders have been pushing their products forward while working together to popularize and bring awareness to the polyglot persistence philosophy.

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