October 15, 2010 – “NoSQL” has been thrown around a lot lately, but what exactly does it mean? It is a generic term that describes any data management system that does not use SQL as a query interface. Early on the positioning was much more aggressive, but more recently this has been softened so now NoSQL is commonly quoted as meaning “Not only SQL”; in other words, one of many tools.

This observation was found on Smart Data Collective in their article, “The problem with a full box of big data tools.” There are dozens of NoSQL systems available for a developer to choose from. There are also several different orientations of NoSQL systems, including document, key/value and graph. The author of this article suggests that this is a problem and that too many choices create difficulties about how we quantify the market and further, how we ensure that people are making the right decisions in choosing a NoSQL platform. What do you think?

Melody K. Smith

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