SQL vs. NoSQL, OK, I Give Up

In the long running relational (SQL) vs NoSQL database debate, I’ve always been a big relational fan, I still believe it is the best technology to store data without error but I give in. It’s great technology but it’s too inaccessible. It’s too expensive, too fragile, too hard to manage, too hard to program etc. All the action from now on will be with NoSQL

I feel like the guy with a Sun Workstation in 1995 telling the world that Windows95 PCs are vastly inferior tech. They were but it didn’t matter. Windows95 was so accessible, it just took over everything. All the application action moved to that platform. And eventually Microsoft and Intel created a platform as good as any workstation and nobody has talked about workstations for years now.

Relational DBs will survive of course. Just as Sun servers now flourish hidden in every datacenter in the world, behind all that NoSQL will still be Oracle and DB2 holding the really important stuff. But only a few DBA geeks will ever see it. No interesting new apps will be written to it directly, just legacy maintenance. Business wil no longer put up with the high cost to run relational DBs, they will just run what they must, outsourced to the lowest bidder. Not a very interesting place to be.

I’ll grant an exception to MySQL. Since it was born into the online WEB world that NoSQL also serves ,it has some of that same easy accessibility. The SQL database for the NoSQL world perhaps.


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