NoSQL Has Arrived, Big Time

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redby Angela Guess

Matt Asay of ReadWrite recently wrote, “NoSQL, the newish alternative to traditional relational databases, is a big deal, but it can also be a big mess: there are more than 100 different NoSQL databases, and several different kinds ranging from document to key-value to columnar to graph databases. Even more confusingly, relational databases are now cross-dressing as NoSQL databases, adding support for JSON, among other things. And yet enterprises are navigating the potential pitfalls and embracing NoSQL in droves. Today Redis Labs, a company that offers a cloud service for the popular in-memory, key-value NoSQL database Redis, announced that it has hit 3,000 paying customers.”

Asay goes on, “This number would be impressive for any company, but it’s particularly noteworthy for a company that has to compete with rivals who are also selling Redis, including Pivotal, which employs Redis’ sole developer, Salvatore Sanfilippo. Most people tend to think of Redis as a close cousin to Memcached, an open-source memory-caching system often used to speed up data-intensive websites by limiting the number of database calls. That’s true up to a point, although it doesn’t do Redis justice.”

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photo credit: Redis

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