Eye on Oracle

Dec 20 2012   6:22PM GMT

Why NoSQL, why now?

Lena Weiner Lena Weiner Profile: Lena Weiner

On Monday, Oracle announced the release of the next generation of its NoSQL database, delivering multiple upgrades users have been buzzing about since 1.0 came out. New functionalities include auto-rebalancing, improved manageability and an improved application programming interface. The auto-rebalancing feature promises improved managing of computing and storage capacity despite fluctuation in users, processing demands or throughput of data. Oracle also says they’ve added a new Web-based management console that will give admins access to tools for deploying and monitoring their database.

But why NoSQL, why now?

Truthfully, NoSQL is the ideal database tool for a dismal economy or company that wants to pinch pennies in any market. Relational databases require lots of maintenance, usually provided by highly trained DBAs who specialize in design, implementation and ongoing tuning of databases. On the other hand, NoSQL databases are simply designed to require less care and feeding, featuring automatic repair, data distribution and lower administration and tuning requirements. The holy grail of a NoSQL database shop is to skip having an admin altogether, but most folks will admit we’re not quite there yet in reality. However, some companies might be able to employ fewer DBAs as a result of switching to NoSQL. This would be bad news for hopeful DBAs, but IT directors and managers might see it as good news for their 2013 budgets.

So, while tech spending seems to be up for now, it seems Oracle is hoping for the best while preparing for the worst, and offering products for both fat and lean times. In our uncertain market, I guess I can’t say I blame them.

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