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Oracle Defends Relational Dbs Against Nosql Competitors
December 11, 2015 Blog big data

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In response to an eWEEK article about the benefits of NoSQL databases, Oracle EVP Andy Mendelsohn reiterates the value of relational databases.

eWEEK published a slideshow entitled “Why Relational Databases Don’t Handle Big Data Well.”  It was an op-ed piece that looks at one side of the database debate and was labeled as such. This point of view was espoused by Matt Allen, senior manager of product solutions at NoSQL database specialist MarkLogic.

MarkLogic, whose CEO, Gary Bloom, was an Oracle executive for 14 years, is one of a number of companies that produce software and offer services for NoSQL databases.

A response was received from Andy Mendelsohn, executive vice president for Database Server Technologies at Oracle.

To capsulize the key points in the article from a month ago:

  • Relational databases, the dominant technology for storing and managing data, are not designed to handle big data. They also cannot handle mixed workloads very well.
  • In fact, relational databases still look similar to the way they did more than 30 years ago when they were first introduced.
  • Businesses focused on big data no longer can rely on the one-size-fits-all relational model; they must look toward new databases better designed to handle current workloads.

Allen’s main point was that new-gen databases are more agile, more scalable, more affordable and faster to move data than relational databases.

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