Relational Vs Non Relational Database

Download the White Paper: Understanding Relational vs. Non-relational Will Change How You Do Business

So what's the difference between relational vs. non-relational databases? It's an important question to answer for businesses to remain competitive. Let's get into the details, but let's start with why then get to the how.

Back in 2000 it was enough to smother your website with static text. Brochureware was cool. Not today, though. You have to have a dizzying variety of text, video, audio, images and social media to get someone's attention. But it's hard to add new content to a relational database. Or new features. Or new attributes. Not without disrupting performance or taking your database offline.

With non-relational databases you can store any type of content. Incorporate any kind of data in a single database. Build any feature. Faster. With less money.


Relational (SQL)Non-Relational (NoSQL)
Stuck. Data now includes rich data types – tweets, videos, podcasts, animated gifs – which are hard, if not impossible, to store in a relational database. Development slows to a crawl, and ops is caught playing whack-a-mole.Do the Impossible. NoSQL can incorporate literally any type of data, while providing all the features needed to build content-rich apps.
Can’t Scale. Your audience is global, in many countries, speaking many languages, accessing content on many devices. Scaling a relational database is not trivial. And it isn’t cheap.Scale Big. Scaling is built into the database. It is automatic and transparent. You can scale as your audience grows, both within a data center and across regions.
$$$$. Large teams tied up for long periods of time make these applications expensive to build and maintain. Proprietary software and hardware, plus separate databases and file systems needed to manage your content, add to the cost.$. More productive teams, plus commodity hardware, make your projects cost 10% what they would with a relational database.


Download the white paper to understand in depth

  • Why organizations of all sizes are seeking alternatives to legacy relational databases like MySQL, SQL and PostgreSQL
  • The differences and similarities between NoSQL databases and relational databases
  • How to evaluate commercial support and community strength when selecting a NoSQL database

We have a ton of information for you to learn as much as you can handle. Start simple though, read, Big Data: Examples and Guidelines For The Enterprise Decision Maker.




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