NoSQL News, Articles, & Education

Database Startups to Watch: Boston Edition

by Angela Guess Barb Darrow reports, “Boston has some pretty good database DNA dating back to Digital Equipment Corp.’s venerable Rdb and a raft of small object-oriented database firms that popped up 20 years ago. Those good genes are showing up again in a fresh crop of database companies clustered around the Boston-Cambridge nexus. The…

NoSQL Data Modeling: An In Depth Look

by Angela Guess Ilya Katsov recently posted an in depth analysis of NoSQL data modeling techniques. Katsov begins, “First, we should note that SQL and relational model in general were designed a long time ago to interact with the end user. This user-oriented nature had vast implications: (1) End user is often interested in aggregated…

Semantic Web and NoSQL

by Angela Guess Rob Gonzalez recently declared, “Semantic Web Community: I’m disappointed in us!  Or at least in our group marketing prowess.  We have been failing to capitalize on two major trends that everyone has been talking about and that are directly addressable by Semantic Web technologies!  For shame. I’m talking of course about Big Data and NoSQL.” He continues,…

Hortonworks Teams Up with Microsoft to Provide Excel Support

by Angela Guess Hortonworks has partnered with Microsoft to create “a connector to link Excel with the open source Big Data processing platform… The companies previously partnered on getting Hadoop to run on Windows Server. Microsoft, of course, brings its knowledge of the inner workings of its own software and how to interface with it. Hortonworks was…

The Continuing Rise of NoSQL

by Angela Guess Dick Weisinger recently reported that the results of a Couchbase survey show an increasing preference among developers for NoSQL solutions. He writes, “Over the last three years the banner of NoSQL (not only SQL) databases has flown ever higher, and the non-conventional database technology has grown a fairly large crowd of supporters, including major…

NoSQL & SQL: The Overlap

by Angela Guess Roger du Mars recently wrote, “As unstructured data becomes more tangible, more manageable and more valuable, the spheres of SQL and NoSQL will necessarily expand their common ground. The Hadoop ecosystem, as DeWitt gleefully observed, incorporates substantial SQL components. Both Hive, a Hadoop-based data warehouse developed by Facebook, and Pig, a Hadoop-based…

NoSQL Solution Key to Popular iPhone App, Bump

by Angela Guess Basho Technologies’ Riak NoSQL solution is a key component of Bump, one of the most downloaded iPhone apps of all time. According to the release, “The Bump app, produced by Bump Technologies, relies on Riak to scale and manage massive amounts of data sent between millions of users. In less than three…

Meeting Smart Grid’s Big Data Demands with JPA

Robert Greene

by Robert Greene Because of the wealth of information presented by Big Data, businesses are asking more difficult questions of their data instead of searching for simple answers in tables that are found in traditional relational databases (RDBs). When presented with the amount of scale and complexity found in Big Data, RDBs often simply fall…

Jaspersoft Publishes Big Data Index

by Angela Guess Jaspersoft has published a new report on Big Data: “Touted as the first business intelligence big data index, the report ranks connector downloads for leading databases and data sources including Hadoop Hive, Hadoop HBase, MongoDB, Cassandra, and other popular frameworks used to manage Big Data sets. Karl Van den Bergh, vice president…

Breaking Down Big Data

by Angela Guess Brian Proffitt has written a thorough breakdown of current Big Data tools and vendors. He prefaces his article thus: “The focus on big data is amusing to many veterans of data storage systems. While big data systems offer flexibilities of scale at far more affordable prices than ever before, long-time data experts…