Relational databases have a long-standing position in most organizations. Based on a tabular data model composed of rows and columns, relational databases – designed back in the 1970s and popularized in the 80s – became the default way of managing data.
However as developers build applications for today's digital economy, they are facing demands that stretch the limits of what’s possible with relational systems.
In this guide, we explore why the document data model has become so widely used by engineering teams building modern applications. We also discuss those features that differentiate document databases from one another.