Ori Herrnstadt from FoundationDB reports on their free SQL Layer launch add-on to their NoSQL database. Ori writes, “For those of you have followed our SQL Layer story unfolding, you knew this day was coming, and we’re pretty excited about it. After a year of hard work by the SQL team in FoundationDB’s Cambridge office, and a lot of customer input, the SQL Layer is graduating. We have a distributed SQL database that brings Google F1 architecture and capabilities to everyone (see full comparison). The price is right, too – it’s a free add-on to the FoundationDB Key-Value Store.”
Ori describes already established use-cases for the add-on, “Let’s talk about what it’s really good for and what it isn’t so good for. As you can probably guess by now, the main use case is operational systems that care about staying up in the face of machine failures. As we’ve been discovering over the last twelve months, use cases include anyone who wants to run a stock application in production, be it Refinery, Drupal, Spree, Activiti and others. Basically anyone who wants a fault tolerant app without paying a DBA to set up the machinery.
The next use case we see a lot is building an application that needs “NoSQL” scale, but looking for strong(er) modeling and query language capabilites. …When we speak with developers about strong guarantees, e.g. not going down when a machine breaks and never losing data, it seems to resonate.”