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April 2014, Volume 2, Number 2

NoSQL database software enjoys rarefied cloud air

When the processing job at hand is updating general-ledger data or running queries for analytics and reporting, SQL relational databases are still the likely technology choice for most organizations. But it's a different story with Web applications, particularly ones running in NoSQL-friendly cloud computing environments. "NoSQL arose from a desire to quickly spread cloud-based applications and Web applications," said IDC analyst Carl Olofson. Relational software became harder to maintain as databases increasingly ran across farms of servers scattered in multiple locations or deployed in the cloud, he added. That created an opportunity for NoSQL database vendors -- and they're cashing in on it. More on NoSQL database technology and the cloud Find out what all the buzz about NoSQL software is really about Try this quiz to see what you know about NoSQL databases Read why more users are getting on board with cloud databases Guy Harrison, executive director of research and development for Dell Inc.'s database management tools, said ...

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