A catch-all term describing database systems using various non-relational models. Such systems are usually engineered to be high-performance.

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What are the differences between NoSQL and a traditional RDBMS?

What are the differences between NoSQL and a traditional RDBMS? Over the last few months, NoSQL has been frequently mentioned in the technical news. What are its most significant features relative to ...
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Why can't RDBM's cluster the way NoSQL does?

One of the big plusses for nosql DBMS is that they can cluster more easily. Supposedly with NoSQL you can create hundreds of cheap machines that store different pieces of data and query it all at ...
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Which database could handle storage of billions/trillions of records?

We are looking at developing a tool to capture and analyze netflow data, of which we gather tremendous amounts of. Each day we capture about ~1.4 billion flow records which would look like this in ...
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What is a Key/Value store database?

I've been looking at the wikipedia page for NoSQL and it lists several variations on the Key/Value store database, but I can't find any details on what it means by Key/Value store in this context. ...
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Timeseries: SQL or NoSQL?

I don't care about the general differences between SQL and NoSQL (or their traditional differences). I am currently looking at altering the storage of our internal time series. They all contain ...
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CouchDB vs MongoDB [closed]

Evaluating document-oriented storage, what are the pros and cons of CouchDB vs MongoDB?
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What are the canonical NoSQL resources for people who never used this technology?

I am getting more and more interested by the NoSQL technology and I can read several posts on SE about how it works and the different products available. However, I wonder if there are some canonical ...
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What does horizontal scaling mean?

In database context, I have come across horizontal scalability as one of the advantages of the NOSQL databases. What does the term mean? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CouchDB ...
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NoSQL and RDBMS together?

I was wondering if there are any good solutions for recording data in a NoSQL database and then converting them over to an RDBMS? For example, if you wanted to capture some data quickly, like ...
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Schema-less/flexible + ACID Database?

I am looking at rewriting a VB based on-premise (locally installed) application (invoicing+inventory) as a web based Clojure application for small enterprise customers. I am intending this to be ...
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Highly Concurrent Storage System

Imagine your requirement is that you have 3 huge tables (structured data) with say 30 billion rows in each (total size of 4TB) and your many concurrent users (which are parallel os threads on remote ...
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Choosing a database for storing large amount of data and allowing for thousands of writes [closed]

I am working on a project that has some serious requirements regarding its database and having hard time choosing the best solution. The details are: Database will easily reach tens of terabytes of ...
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How do databases store index key values (on-disk) for variable length fields?

Context This question pertains to the low-level implementation details of indexes in both SQL and NoSQL database systems. Actual structure of the index (B+ tree, hash, SSTable, etc.) is irrelevant as ...
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CAP Theorem vs. BASE (NoSQL)

CAP Theorem vs. BASE (NoSQL) Hi, I’m trying to write a small paper for my work about NoSQL and have described the CAP Theorem as, if not all, then most NoSQL databases adheres to. I later read a ...
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Database suggestion for a social network/ knowledge base community?

I am looking into various database types and DBMS's for a new project I am wanting to start in the summer. I have built systems in MySQL and postgreSQL , now I am wanting to expand my knowledge and ...
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What are some good resources for learning about document oriented databases?

I'm interested in learning about NoSQL databases and I decided to start with document oriented databases. What are some good resources to learn the concepts and good design of this type of database?
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Amount of data per node in Neo4j

I need to store substantial amounts of data per node in Neo4j. The data is Unicode chunks of text. Actually not every node will have big chunks, but many of them will. I waded through the ...
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Can NoSQL databases cause occasional data loss?

I am currently evaluating databases to use for a new project, which will require insertion and querying of large amounts of trading data. Our team is leaning towards Cassandra, but then I read this ...
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NoSQL : What is unstructured data?

we are currently running at the edge of resources with our mssql server based solution. We have now many traditional options regarding the next move to tackle the load: buy faster CPUs and IO ...
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Is NoSQL a replacement for traditional SQL, or an addition? [closed]

I've been reading up on NoSQL, but I can't figure out one thing. Is it meant to be a replacement for traditional SQL, or is it meant to be used in conjunction with it? Basically, what I'm asking (I ...
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Is there any way to efficiently perform the equivalent of DENSE_RANK in MongoDB?

SQL Server and Oracle both have DENSE_RANK functions. Is there a way to do something similar in MongoDB without having to resort to MapReduce? In other words, suppose you have a T-SQL select clause ...
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What fillfactor for caching table?

I have heavily updated / accessed table where I store serialized java objects. They are in the table for 2-3 hours (also are being updated during that period) and then removed. Size of table is around ...
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Why can't we perform joins in a distributed database like Bigtable?

From this answer to What database does Google use?, BigTable is not a relational database. It does not support joins nor does it support rich SQL-like queries. Is this obvious? I do not ...
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Full text search through many tables in MySQL

We have high traffic NEWS websites, I want to add a feature that every user can search through over all content of site, such as news, polls, comments, galleries,etc . Each of contents type has its ...
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Replace relational database with “poor” design in software product with non-relational DB? [closed]

Edit: This question is about how to deal with many issues that arose from a overall system design, which made parts of the system deviate from common standards. For example, managing everything in the ...
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How to handle “reference tables” in CouchDB?

What's the best way to handle "reference tables", tables that contain static data, for example a list with various kinds of ingredients for food? Multiple documents, one for each ingredient One ...
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In Memory Database for high transaction and volume spikes on a website [closed]

I am looking at the IA for a hypothetical application scenario, for example: A high demand application such as an online ticketing website where there can be demand for 100,000 tickets to be ...
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noSQL ACID and consistency for banking

We are building a real time banking platform and app. Our prime concern is safety and consistency of our data across multiple db servers. We need transactions and we can't afford to risk power ...
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Should I use MongoDB or a NoSQL solution at all for this?

I apologize if this belongs in web applications or something. I'm creating a web application that is sort of a similar concept to github. Basically I plan to allow someone to create a design of ...
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Redis takes up all the Memory and Crashes

A redis server v2.8.4 is running on a Ubuntu 14.04 VPS with 8 GB RAM and 16 GB swap space (on SSDs). However htop shows that redis alone is taking up 22.4 G of memory! redis-server eventually crashed ...
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Which database system can break me free?

I am currently running a MySQL Database for logging and analyzing those logs. My current table schema looks like this: CREATE TABLE `mylogs` ( `transfer_id` BIGINT UNSIGNED NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT ...
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“phpMyAdmin” for Cassandra

Is there a tool like phpMyAdmin for RDBMS-MySQL for a Cassandra DB? I know that there is less "runtime" config possible (column families can not be edited at runtime etc.). Nevertheless, it would be ...
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Sharded key-value store using MongoDB

Would like to set up a key-value store that is sharded across multiple machines. We are currently using MongoDB, is there a reason why we shouldn't use MongoDB for this purpose? We also use Redis, ...
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Are there any in-memory NoSQL databases?

Given that NoSQL databases are designed to support horizontal scalability by throwing in more servers, are there any that are designed to do entirely without persistent disk storage? I'm looking at ...
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What are your use-cases for HandlerSocket?

There's a bit of hype around: HandlerSocket It seems like faster, nosql access to MySQL data is becoming more desirable. Percona Server is now shipping with HandlerSocket built in. My question is, ...
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Schema-less/flexible + ACID database? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Schema-less/flexible + ACID Database? I am looking at rewriting a VB based on-premise (locally installed) application (invoicing+inventory) as a web based Clojure ...
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If foreign keys/cascade deletes are bad, why use a database-server with that feature?

I noticed wordpress/rails etc do not use foreign keys constraint or cascade deletes features from database. Instead they handle this in PHP/Ruby/scripting level! I have read this and this. Most ...
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to what “scale” of applications does nosql support?

Recently i came across the Nosql database concept, though i learnt how to and why of it, i did not get a proper answer to the question , to what scale of project does it support? Will it support ...
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What is a good way to copy data from one Cassandra ColumnFamily to another on the same Keyspace (like SQL's INSERT INTO)?

Trying to find a way to easily transfer all the rows from a Cassandra ColumnFamily/Table to another. The COPY command, as I understand, is a good option. However, as it dumps all the data to .csv on ...
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Database choices for big data

I have many text files, their total size is about 300GB ~ 400GB. They are all in this format key1 value_a key1 value_b key1 value_c key2 value_d key3 value_e .... each line is composed by a key and ...
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Scalability: Desiging a message table

This question might be deadly simple but I wanted to make sure I am going through the correct path and not making any simple and irrevertible mistakes. My project will be based on messaging and it ...
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Scalable DBaaS that can scale to hundreds of terabytes with easy backup and restore

I've gone over many DBaaS solutions, including Xeround (limited to 50G, in memory), NuoDB (currently in beta 7), DrawnToScale (not out yet), MongoDB (in memory), RavenDB (for ASP.NET, but NoSQL) and ...
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Relational vs Non-Relational Database for Events Database

I'm trying to find out whether an SQL or no-SQL solution would be better for creating an events database. I'm creating a ticketing system, similar to ticket master. I know that for either ...
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Relational or NoSQL Database Design

This database holds assembly instructions data for shipbuilding, later use in a Augmented Reality Android application. The application asks the server (Node.JS) for the necessary files. Simply put: ...
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Which database?

We have to launch a new service in my company with a big database. And I currently don't have that much knowledge. We did a small preview of the service and our biggest table had more than 2 100 000 ...
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Membase data shared between users [closed]

I have begun writing a website using Membase (php memcached library) and I've come up against a conceptual wall. This is my scenario: I have some data that is stored in a key-value pair which will ...
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Advice on choosing a really fast DBMS

I am working on a project that does real-time monitoring of data being transmitted, and logs if there are any of the various type of errors, etc. The CRUD operations are real-time. We initially ...
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NoSQL, CouchDB vs. CouchBase, What should i do?

I started to encounter some issues on my production site, when having a web page that needs to load a very big ResultSet (currently coming from relational database, MySQL) it takes forever, and ...
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Which NoSQL database(s) should be used for advertising platform? [closed]

What NoSQL database or combination of databases best meets these criteria? Very fast writes and reads Persistent data that won't get lost in a crash Plays nice with PHP Works well in the cloud (EC2) ...
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Would elasticsearch or RavenDB be better for fueling a statistics engine/random forest?

(Note: this question exists on StackOverflow as well but I thought it might have a better reception here. If it proves this is the better place, I'll close/ask to migrate/link to this. Also, if it ...