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Banks and the Ethernal Consistency Example or What trumps consistency

Todd Hoff extracts and expands on some thoughts about BASE vs ACID from Eric Brewer’s NoSQL: Past, Present, Future published on InfoQ:

Consistency it turns out is not the Holy Grail. What trumps consistency is:

  • Auditing
  • Risk Management
  • Availability

But the cornerstone of the availability vs consistency conversation is:

Availability correlates with revenue and consistency generally does not.

✚ Over time Michael Stonebraker has been the most prominent supporter of exactly the opposite argument.

✚ Remember Emin Gün Sirer’s The NoSQL Partition Tolerance Myth? He used the bank example too.

Original title and link: Banks and the Ethernal Consistency Example or What trumps consistency (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)