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Embracing Cloud? NoSQL Might be Your Ticket to the Skies

To read the blogs and news posts, you would assume that all businesses have already successfully migrated to the cloud, and if yours has not you are behind the times and might as well close up shop. This isn’t the reality, though. There are still some quite prominent businesses that have been slow to adopt the cloud. To some, the cloud hasn’t proven a valuable ROI. To others, there are security issues holding them back.

NoSQL is much the same. While it has reached the status of ‘mass adoption’, there are still companies wondering what the value is. As it happens, NoSQL is an excellent pathway to the cloud. NoSQL is a relatively easy way to centralize all of your data, and it has the distinct advantage of being far more scalable than the SQL relational database.

If you are looking to migrate workloads to the cloud, NoSQL could be your ticket to the skies.

NoSQL Allows You to Centralize Data Management

You can use NoSQL in the cloud to centralize all of the resources necessary to allow for booking reservations online, processing online purchases, and other jobs that call for data centralization and ultra-fast response times.

A variety of workloads are just not possible until data is centralized. For example, customers now demand that they can purchase most anything, including reservations and booking appointments or resources online. This usually calls for multiple databases to be centralized and queried very quickly to process the transaction in real time. SQL simply can’t compete with NoSQL when dealing with these kinds of workloads.

Other situations that call for centralizing databases include supporting mobile or remote workers and supporting multiple websites (such as allowing for cross-promotions among websites). NoSQL is excellent at handling unstructured data sets, and for scaling quickly and easily when data sets become huge and cumbersome for the old database. NoSQL is a great choice for managing big data initiatives, marketing databases, content management, powering and supporting the Internet of Things, and fraud detection purposes.

NoSQL is capable of powering ultra-fast Internet transactions, which makes it ideal for mobile users, both customers and employees. Since it can handle unstructured data, NoSQL is great for setting up big data operations and data lakes, where all data, both structured and unstructured is stored in its native format for later analysis.

NoSQL Allows You to Scale Quickly & Easily

NoSQL is scalable horizontally, meaning you can simply add more machines to the mix and make the database as scalable as you need it to be. This makes NoSQL ideal for a cloud infrastructure.

Big data is not just a lot of data. Its hallmarks are volume, variety, velocity, and veracity. These traits are difficult to manage with relational databases like SQL, because those scale vertically. Vertical scaling means that in order to increase the size of the database, you must add more and more power to a single machine. Obviously, this is only possible to a certain point and if that one computer is down, the entire database is out.

NoSQL is scalable horizontally, which means that you can add more machines to increase the size of the database. If one machine goes down, others can take over the workload, so a single hardware problem doesn’t typically lead to an entire database outage. With a NoSQL database, you can expand the database and scale it up fast to accommodate both structured and unstructured data, so that you can manage the volume, variety, velocity, and veracity of big data with ease.

Are you ready to take on NoSQL and start migrating your workloads to the cloud? If so, the Full Metal Cloud by Bigstep offers reliability, performance, and security that is unmatched in the world of cloud computing. Learn more about us today.

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