NoSQL databases have emerged in recent years to provide the performance, scalability, and flexibility required of modern applications. This new wave of databases are much better suited for Big Data applications and agile software development practices than its relational counterparts.
NoSQL databases offers many benefits, including:
- ** Flexible Data Model. ** Unlike relational databases, NoSQL databases easily store and combine any type of data, both structured and unstructured. You can also dynamically update the schema to evolve with changing requirements and without any interruption or downtime to your application.
- ** Elastic Scalability. ** NoSQL databases scale out on low cost, commodity hardware, allowing for almost unlimited growth.
- ** High Performance. ** NoSQL databases are built for great performance, measured in terms of both throughput and latency.
These advantages account for the growing popularity of NoSQL databases. But carefully consider the NoSQL pros and cons before fully committing to a new technology. In fact, you might find that many of these new systems while offering great innovations have also sacrificed some critical capabilities that have made relational databases the gold standard over the past 40 years.
MongoDB stands apart from its peers with its Nexus Architecture that incorporates the strengths of relational databases along with the innovations of NoSQL. MongoDB is the only NoSQL options which offers an expressive query language, strong consistency, and secondary indexes.
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