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NoSQL databases, Quest Software, and Toad for Cloud

I wrote a couple of times about Quest Software’s Toad for Cloud[1], the free Eclipse tool that allows connecting to NoSQL databases and working with data in a tabular, SQLish format. But having in mind Quest’s business, there was something bugging me about Quest’s initiative: why would they make these tools? Even more, why would they make them available for free?

I think I got an answer to these questions. One area of expertise of Quest Software is represented by relational databases management tools. If offering these free tools would make it easy to see all data as tabular once again, moreover would make it easy to move it back to relational database, then Quest Software’s database management tools will continue to sell well and also enter the NoSQL databases market.

This is somehow similar to what Cloudera is doing for Hadoop: creating an ecosystem that enables everyone to important data into Hadoop. As long as more companies are using Hadoop, the more chances are Cloudera’s business will prosper.

Original title and link: NoSQL databases, Quest Software, and Toad for Cloud (NoSQL databases © myNoSQL)