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NoSQL vs. SQL, Who Is Who?

nosql2NoSQL is a very fashionable buzzword lately, everyone has heard about it, everyone knows it to be the new big thing and yet very few know what it really is.  To most, NoSQL is a magical new technology that is just like SQL except friendly to parallel processing and therefore scalable to very large datasets, something to do with the cloud, Hadoop and MapReduce.  That is partially true, but perhaps a clearer description is called for.

In fact, NoSQL is not just one specific technology, or paradigm. Instead, it is a loosely grouped collection of data storage and retrieval technologies that all extend or altogether replace the traditional relational database paradigm in one form or another, but always in some way that makes it horizontally scalable, versatile and suitable for large and fast data flows.  Sometimes the paradigm is relational sometimes not, sometimes there is SQL sometimes there is no room for it – No SQL is a heterogeneous set of technologies and the right interpretation for the acronym NoSQL is ”Not Only SQL”.


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KPCB Internet Trend Report 2014 Is Out Now


Kleiner Perkins (KPCB) is a venture capital firm that has, since its establishment in 1972, successfully invested in incubation of AOL,, Citrix, Compaq, Electronic Arts, Google, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Netscape, Sun Microsystems and Symantec among others – they are considered one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital providers. Their long awaited annual Internet Trends report has just been released and it makes a fascinating read. The full report can be found here.

It’s a 164 slide powerpoint presentation, but well worth a read. For those who are too busy, here is a summary distilled to a few key points:


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