Understanding NoSQL Databases
What is a NoSQL Database?
NoSQL means non-SQL or non-relational. A NoSQL database enables you to store and retrieve data in formats other than the tables used to store data in relational databases.
Modern applications use and generate complex and evolving types of data — relational databases weren’t designed to handle this type of data storage and retrieval. NoSQL databases are more flexible and scalable.
You can add new data more easily, without having to pre-define it in the database schema — allowing for the rapid processing of large volumes of unstructured, semi-structured and structured data.
The dynamic schema of NoSQL databases readily supports agile development, which requires significant and rapid iterations — and doesn’t allow for downtime.
When you use a service provider such as Rackspace to host your NoSQL database, we do the heavy lifting for you. So, you can focus on growing your business, instead of becoming NoSQL DB experts.