MongoDB: The Freaky Patchwork Quilt of the Database World

MongoDB is one of dozens of NoSQL databases that are gradually taking over for relational databases as big data enters the world of business. Relational databases just can’t handle all the unstructured data required for modern data analytics — and NoSQL alternatives have lined up with offerings including MongoDB, Couchbase, HBase, Cassandra, and more recently, the likes of Flink, and other big data tools. Continue Reading

How to Choose the Right NoSQL Database for All the Right Reasons

If you’re taking on big data, you’ll quickly realize that that means taking on a lot of unstructured data. Unstructured data doesn’t fit into a typical relational database, like SQL. That means you’ll be looking into a new type of database that can accept and store unstructured data. Primarily, that means you’ll be selecting a NoSQL database. Continue Reading

3 Pain Points in NoSQL Security

When open source NoSQL databases were first being developed, there was mostly a strong desire to know if they would succeed with this model of developing and distributing software. Would open source be accepted in the enterprise, where proprietary software had reigned supreme for decades? Would database administrators, IT managers, and company executives embrace or even allow databases that were so radically different than the traditional relational databases that they have used so successfully for so long? Continue Reading

5 Best Practices for Securing Your Data in NoSQL Applications

Perhaps the most compelling argument for the mass adoption of NoSQL is the general lack of buzz. Not that nobody’s writing about it or talking about it, but it’s less prominent at the trade shows and conferences, where the focus is on ‘all things new and shiny’. There, NoSQL is no longer even a big deal, which is a prime indication that it’s been widely accepted, adopted, and is no longer the new kid on the block. That means that there’s a good chance you’ve adopted — or are preparing to — and that you need to know the best practices for security. Continue Reading

Embracing Cloud? NoSQL Might be Your Ticket to the Skies

To read the blogs and news posts, you would assume that all businesses have already successfully migrated to the cloud, and if yours has not you are behind the times and might as well close up shop. This isn’t the reality, though. There are still some quite prominent businesses that have been slow to adopt the cloud. To some, the cloud hasn’t proven a valuable ROI. To others, there are security issues holding them back. Continue Reading