by Angela Guess
Andrew Brust of ZDnet recently shared his insights regarding NuoDB's new cloud database management system or CDMS. He writes, "If you come from the relational database world, there’s a lot on the NoSQL side to be skeptical of. But if you come from the Internet and startup world, RDBMSes (relational database management systems) seem outdated, overly-complex and worry you that they’ll be unable to scale to your workloads. The choices are stark and difficult. The Enterprise doesn’t want to give up the data consistency provided by ACID (atomicity, consistency, isolation and durability) guarantees, nor does it want to chuck its investment in SQL query skills and tools. But applications that must scale the public Web can’t forfeit the scale and ease of geo-distributed clustering that many NoSQL databases provide."
Brust goes on, "Is this a false choice? The folks at NuoDB think so. The NuoDB team believes that transactional, analytical and 'Web scale,' elastic workloads can be handled by the same database; it's just a matter of making that the design goal. The data world has its bitter-with-sweet axiom, called the CAP theorem, which most people interpret as saying databases can have at most two of the following attributes: consistency, availability and partition tolerance. NuoDB says it's possible to have all three in one product, and design that product from the ground up to operate as a cloud service. And the company says it launched that product this morning. NuoDB’s claim is pretty big, and skepticism is warranted. But the team behind it is impressive."
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