Database kingdom gets a shake-up

NoSQL offers a compelling alternative to traditional database offerings.

If you're looking for a little excitement this time of year, look no further than the database business. Things are moving and shaking in this seemingly staid realm, which was at one time dominated by just two players, reports InfoWorld's Eric Knorr.

Until not too long ago, businesses looking for a "heavyweight" database solution turned to Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL), and those who couldn't afford that option turned to the open source MySQL, Knorr notes. After "MySQL fell into Oracle's clutches," the two choices came from the same company. "Of course there were alternatives--from IBM DB2 to Microsoft SQL Server to PostgreSQL--but the database realm was generally an uneventful place to be," he writes.

Then came NoSQL, and while it doesn't threaten to upend Oracle any time soon, it offers a compelling alternative for web applications on high-traffic sites. The solution from Couchbase in Palo Alto, Calif., is mainly beneficial for key value pair databases and document databases. They offer simplicity, flexibility and scalability, and the company touts them as being more natural for developers to write to.

Many of the initial large customers of NoSQL are SaaS providers, since the technology is well suited to web applications, Knorr points out. As such, it is supporting the migration from the enterprise data center to cloud providers.

For more:
- see Eric Knorr's article at InfoWorld

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