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What is a NoSQL Database?

NoSQL refers to a non-SQL or non-relational database. A relational database is a rigidly structured, table-based database format like MySQL or Oracle. NoSQL databases are document-oriented and enable you to store and retrieve data in formats other than tables. Popular NoSQL platforms include MongoDB, Elasticsearch® and Redis®.

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.

In a NoSQL database, you can add new data 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.

Why Use a NoSQL Databases?

Better Performance

Addresses issues with scaling large volumes of structured relational data while supporting low latency and high performance.

Improved Data

More flexibility in leveraging massive amounts of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured, non-relational data.

Reduced Costs

Many low cost, open source options offering efficient, scale-out architecture instead of expensive, monolithic architecture.

Speed to Market

Object-oriented programming allows developers to execute queries with less preparation and without having to navigate SQL database architectures.

How Can Rackspace Help?

Consider us an extension of your IT department — one with the expertise to deploy, secure and scale the best database for the job. This allows your DBAs to focus on higher value activities that grow your business.

We’ll design a comprehensive solution that grows with your business:

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