Universal NoSQL

Rob and I have been looking at the various kinds of NoSQL databases and looking at the differences between them. We've distilled this into four main types. Key/Value, Column oriented, Document centric and Graph databases.

As a result of this analysis we have just published a paper universalNoSQL.pdf which shows how Globals can be used to model each of these types of database.

Not only can you get all the characteristics of each of the NoSQL database types, but with Globals you get this in a mature package with comparable performance and some extra goodies, like transaction procession, thrown in for good measure. Read this paper universalNoSQL.pdf to find out more about this.

NoSQL Event at InterSystems Symposium

InterSystems kindly allowed us to present NoSQL, a Slipstream event, at their symposium on 23rd September 2010.

The scene was set with deckchairs, cocktails and a beach scene, conveying the laid back approach that is NoSQL. Rob, George and Chris chatted over their views on a number of topics from their deckchairs, which made for an entertaining and thought-provoking afternoon.

If you were unable to attend and missed out on this exciting event please check back here shortly. We will be posting slides, photographs and other good stuff here in due course.

Announcing NoSQL NoCON

George and Rob will be hosting NoSQL NoCON, a half day non-conference by the pool at Bonnet Creek Hilton in Orlando on Wednesday March 24th from 1pm.

NoSQL at FOSDEM 2010

FOSDEM is a large Free and Open Source Developers' conference. This year it was at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and was attended by about 5,000 developers.

One of the tracks was NoSQL which embraces all of the Non-SQL databases that have emerged in the last couple of years. It appears to have been one of the most popular topics at the conference with standing room only for many of the presentations.

Rob Tweed and I both gave talks about some of the things we've been doing with GT.M. Rob talked about M/DB and M/DB:X while I talked about the XAPI service that GT.M provides for OpenStreetMap.

Judging from the questions at the end of my talk, I was impressed that at least some people in the room actually understood the most technical part of my talk. Geospatial indexing and the benefit that key compression in globals gives in this context.

Slides from both talks are available here:


And really good quality videos with synchonized slides are available here:
George's talk: http://www.parleys.com/#st=5&sl=1&id=1873
Rob's talk: http://www.parleys.com/#st=5&sl=9&id=1872

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