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Steve Jones in “NoSQL? No Thanks“:
There continues to be a disproportionate amount of hype around ‘NoSQL’ data stores. By disproportionate I mean ‘completely and utterly out of scale with the actual problems of the vast majority of companies’.
Can you imagine how many such posts I’ve read since starting this blog? Sometimes I think that running a “Bashing NoSQL” blog could be a good business and help me fund this one too.
While there’s usually some truth behind every complaint about NoSQL, generalizations and are leading to less useful conclusions. For Steve Jones’s post, I’ll leave aside the clear example of an unnecessary generalization, that largely voids the points of the post, and try to focus on the rest.
The author suggests that the actual problems faced by “the vast majority of companies” are related to data interactions for traditional reporting, complex analytics, and embedding in applications. The hypothesis being that NoSQL databases and the Hadoop toolkit are making worse.
Put this way, it sounds right, isn’t it?
Before cars were invented, we had horses and carriages and dirt roads or no roads. Once the car was invented, people couldn’t ride their horses anymore, they couldn’t initially carry as much marchendise they did with carriages and on top of all these they had to redo the whole infrastructure. Cars made everything worse.
Both these arguments are missing the root cause. The whole rationale behind NoSQL databases and Hadoop is that the existing solutions were prohibitevely expensive for the the current requirements or they couldn’t handle the volume, velocity, variety, and variability of the data in this age.
There is no data interactions with no data. Little data means less useful reports and inaccurate or expensive data analysis.
Saying “no thanks to NoSQL and Hadoop” is implicitely saying no to the future of your business.
Last, but not least:
business users couldn’t care less what developers use as long as they deliver.
What’s the industry where technology doesn’t make the difference? If there’s one, how long it will last?
Original title and link: NoSQL? No Thanks ( ©myNoSQL)
As I linked earlier today to the MemSQL and JSON story, I’ve thought again about PostgreSQL and its community approach of bringing in new features. It’s hard to miss what they are doing. And I think they are doing it right.
The PostgreSQL community is looking outside the box and listens. What features are users of NoSQL databases most excited about? Can we offer native support for them? Can we integrate with these other tools? These are the right questions to ask when considering expanding outside your space to help your users.
While it might sound easy to watch what others are doing and then do it yourself—this is probably well-known as the Microsoft strategy—the reality is there’s a lot of complexity of following this strategy. Besides asking the right questions when picking what features to bring in, there are always the technical and design decisions:
- can we actually support this?
- can we support it in a way that’ll not break or impact negatively existing features?
- how should we expose these “imported” features so we make them appealing to existing users (with their vision of the product), while keeping them attractive and familiar to new users?
The last question is the most difficult to come with the right answers.
✚ Here’s also a post I’ve linked to showing how to use PostgreSQL as a schemaless database.
Original title and link: PostgreSQL and the NoSQL world ( ©myNoSQL)
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Think Big Analytics, a Big Data consulting company raised $3mil. from former Cisco executive Dan Scheinman and WI Harper Group
Hortonwork’s announces Certification Program for Apache Hadoop
[…]today announced the launch of the Hortonworks Certified Technology Program, designed to help customers choose leading enterprise software that has been tested to integrate with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), the only 100-percent open source Apache Hadoop distribution. By certifying technologies, Hortonworks is taking the risk out of the technology selection, thereby accelerating and simplifying customers’ big data projects. The Program strengthens and expands the Apache Hadoop ecosystem, while helping to increase the enterprise capabilities of Apache Hadoop.
I assume the model here is that vendors pay Hortonworks for this certification and they can use the Hortonworks stamp when talking to customers.
DataStax’s Next Great Data Developer Contest
Last, but not necessarily money-related:
MySQL 5.6 Released
I’m still reading about what’s new in MySQL 5.6, but what caught my eyes while skimming over the docs is support for online DDL.
Original title and link: NoSQL and Big Data Money News ( ©myNoSQL)