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Why NoSQL Databases Are Not Just For Google and Amazon?

Oren Eini1:

Why the history lesson, you ask? Why, to give you some perspective on the design choices that led to the victory of the relational databases. Space was at a premium, the interaction between the user and the application closely modeled the physical layout of the data in the database. That made sense, because there really were no other alternatives given the environment that existed at the time.

In my company, we are using RavenDB as the backend database for everything from a blog, our ordering and purchasing systems, the daily build server and many more. The major advantages that we found weren’t the ability to scale (although that exists), it is the freedom that it gives us in terms of modeling our data and changing our minds.

The Googles, Facebooks, and Amazons told the story of this was not our relational database vendors’ fault. Jan Lehnardt2 said a while back that NoSQL is about choice. I said that NoSQL databases are a departure from having just good enough solutions. And Oren Eini is emphasizing the benefits of other data models.


  1. Oren Eini is the creator and main developer of the RavenDB document database. 

  2. Jan Lehnardt: Apache CouchDB committer, Couchbase engineer 

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