Database giant strikes back

Oracle NoSQL DB 2.0 tightens integration with stack

Elliot Bentley

New version of Oracle’s non-relational data store brings a few new tricks but furthers interoperability with other Oracle hardware and software.

the NoSQL revolution was launched by plucky startups, database
giant Oracle isn’t giving up their market share without a

First released in September 2011 to
high praise
Oracle NoSQL Database
does what it says on the tin, providing a
key-value database based on the open-source Berkeley DB.

In this 2.0 release, Oracle have added support for larger objects
such as documents and images, an API for C programs and JSON
support, and claim it can provide “enterprise-class elasticity with
near linear scalability and under five millisecond latency”.

While it’s easy to criticise Oracle for only just keeping pace with
the likes of Cassandra et al, they appear to be courting a more
conservative market. Most NoSQL products pride themselves on the
different approaches they bring and the way they fit alongside new

In comparison, Oracle NoSQL Database is marketed as being “designed
to fit seamlessly into an enterprise IT stack” – and by that, they
mean a stack consisting mostly of Oracle technology. Indeed, this
2.0 release introduces the ability to query a NoSQL Database from
within Oracle Database and, say Oracle, tighter integration with
Hadoop. The release is also included in another, arguably bigger,
Oracle announcement – Oracle Big Data
Appliance X3-2
, an integrated hardware-and-software solution
running Cloudera and powered by brand-new eight-core Intel Xeon
E5-2600 processors.

The question is, which marketing approach will work long-term? The
bottom-up, open source approaches of MongoDB, CouchDB and so on, or
the top-down, integrated approach of Oracle? Who knows: but at
least NoSQL 2.0 and the Big Data Appliance prove that Oracle are
taking big data seriously.

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