Commentary: Ready to move all your applications to NoSQL databases? It’s not that simple.
For someone who cut his teeth on relational databases at Oracle right out of college, Mark Porter sure seems happy to leave them behind. In announcing his new position as CTO at MongoDB, the company behind the eponymous document-based, distributed database, Porter took some shots at the relational world he’s left behind.
This isn’t to suggest relational data is dead, or even limping. Instead, Porter’s ability to straddle the worlds of NoSQL (MongoDB) and SQL (Oracle) simply suggests that data is a lot more complicated than can fit on a bumper sticker, and we’re nowhere near being able to call it a “solved” problem.
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A new world of data
When Porter started at Oracle (1988), MongoDB didn’t exist. Heck,