NoSQL: The Shift to a Non-relational World

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As more web developers strive to make their applications scalable we see a shift away from the traditional LAMP stack towards technologies built with a focus on scaling. As part of this shift, a new approach to data storage for the web is needed – the traditional RDBMS are not suited to many of the problems that appear in large scale web applications. Fortunately, a large number of alternatives to the RDBMS have sprung up, each with different goals and approaches to the problem of scalability.

This talk provides a glimpse at some of the reasons that non-relational database systems have become popular recently, and what that means for web developers. It also summarizes some of these systems that have begun to make waves in the web ecosystem, including Big Table, SimpleDB, CouchDB, MongoDB and more. The focus will be on how these systems differ from a traditional RDBMS and on how they differ from each other. We will also examine the problem domains that non-relational database systems (and those discussed in particular) excel at.

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Dwight Merriman


Dwight is CEO of 10gen which sponsors the open source MongoDB project. Dwight is an active MongoDB committer.

Dwight was cofounder of DoubleClick and CTO of DoubleClick for 10 years. Dwight is the original architect of the DoubleClick DART ad serving system.

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