Relational databases are the normal choice for most organizations to store their structured data. In the big data era, though, these types of databases don’t cut it anymore. Although they made a huge difference in the database world and have unlocked data for many applications, relational databases miss some important characteristics for the big data era. Smart Data Collective brought this information to our attention in their article, “How the Next Generation of Databases Could Solve Your Problems.”

So what is the new solution? NoSQL databases are the answer for some. Although NoSQL was first mentioned in 1998 by Carlo Strozzi, it is a completely new way of thinking about databases. With the many changes in today’s world, NoSQL database implementation in combination with semantic search is a great step forward.

Melody K. Smith

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