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A Tour of NoSQL in Eight Use Cases

Published: 28 February 2014

ID: G00260983

Analyst(s): Nick Heudecker , Merv Adrian


NoSQL databases can offer substantial performance and cost advantages over their relational database management system counterparts. Understanding how NoSQL DBMSs vary from RDBMSs, as well as from each other, allows information managers to match the right technology to the appropriate use case.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Select NoSQL DBMSs Based on How Your Data Is Structured and How Applications Need to Manage and Manipulate Data
    • Document Store DBMS
    • Key-Value DBMS
    • Table-Style DBMS
    • Graph Databases
  • Use Cost as a Viable Reason to Use NoSQL DBMSs If the Use Case Fits
  • Include Information Managers in the NoSQL Selection Process to Ensure Information Governance and Integration Are Considered

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