Why NoSQL?

By Guy Harrison

NoSQL - probably the hottest term in database technology today - was unheard of only a year ago.  And yet, today, there are literally dozens of database systems described as "NoSQL."  How did all of this happen so quickly?

Although the term "NoSQL" is barely a year old, in reality, most of the databases described as NoSQL have been around a lot longer than the term itself.  Many databases described as NoSQL arose over the past few years as reactions to strains placed on traditional relational databases by two other significant trends affecting our industry:  big data and cloud computing ... full article.

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