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NoSQL, NewSQL and Beyond: The drivers and use cases for database alternatives

executive summary Executive Summary

The database landscape has changed significantly in recent years with the emergence of many new relational and non-relational database products. The various database alternatives have been developed in response to the fact that the existing products did not meet requirements with regards to scalability, performance, (relaxed) consistency, agility and intricacy. While the NoSQL offerings are closely associated with Web application providers, the same drivers have spurred the adoption of data-grid/caching products and the emergence of a new breed of relational database products and vendors. For the most part, these database alternatives are not designed to directly replace existing products, but to offer purpose-built alternatives for workloads that are unsuited to general-purpose relational databases.

This report provides perspective on the changing market landscape, reviews the drivers for the creation and adoption of alternatives to traditional relational databases, and examines the use cases for the various commercially viable products and services. The report is not claimed to be exhaustive – this is an immature and fast-moving market, and adoption drivers are still evolving – but is intended as an introduction to The 451 Group’s ongoing coverage of the market opportunities for NoSQL and NewSQL databases, as well as distributed data grids.

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