NoSQL (non-relational) databases provide easy scalability, agility, reliability, and flexibility. Its scalability and ability to interpret a huge variety of database structures is important in the support of big data activities in organizations of all sizes. This interesting topic came to us from DATAVERSITY in their article, “Data Modeling and NoSQL: Innovation and Flexibility.”

NoSQL encompasses a wide variety of different database technologies that were developed in response to the demands presented in building modern applications. Developers are working with applications that create massive volumes of new, rapidly changing data types — structured, semi-structured, unstructured and polymorphic data.

Organizations are now turning to scale-out architectures using open source software, commodity servers and cloud computing instead of large monolithic servers and storage infrastructure. Relational databases were not designed to cope with the scale and agility challenges that face modern applications, nor were they built to take advantage of the commodity storage and processing power available today.

Melody K. Smith

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