Gartner Research

Decision Point for Selecting the Right NoSQL Database

Published: 16 December 2013

ID: G00259119

Analyst(s): Lyn Robison


New requirements are pushing relational databases beyond their traditional limits, and emerging NoSQL technologies are performing tasks that relational databases can't do. IT leaders need to select the appropriate NoSQL databases for their needs, based on the information systems they're deploying.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point

Decision Context

  • Business Scenario
  • Architectural Context
  • Related Decisions

Evaluation Criteria

  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Requirements
    • Constraints
  • Principles


  • Key-Value Database
  • Document Database
  • Table-Style Database
  • Graph Database

Future Developments

  • Maturation of NoSQL Database Technology
  • NoSQL Databases Will Be Adopted for Systems of Record

Decision Tool

Decision Justification

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