A Quick Look At Oracle’s NoSQL Database 3.0

by Trefis Team
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Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) recently announced the launch of its Oracle NoSQL Database 3.0 [1] Available in two versions, the Enterprise Edition and the Community Edition, Oracle’s latest NoSQL database has enhanced security and scalability features that empowers developers in building high performance applications.

In our previous note, we touched upon the company’s opportunity to extend its relational database management system (RDBMS) superiority into the NoSQL market. (See: NoSQL Databases: Oracle’s Big Opportunity) In this note, we take a quick look at the technical aspects of the new NoSQL Database 3.0 offering from Oracle.

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Enhanced Product Features Should Resonate Well With Enterprise Clients

The latest Database 3.0 release features increased security, greater usability, ease of development and a stronger focus on business continuity. In terms of enhanced security, the database provides an OS-independent, cluster-wide password based user authentication to protect unauthorized access to sensitive data on the database. However, features like tabular data model support greatly simplifies the application design process for developers. What differentiates a NoSQL database from a traditional relational database is the way data is stored. A relational database caters to alphanumeric data which is stored in a row and column format.

Because NoSQL databases have been built to deal with non-alphanumeric data formats, data is stored in tree, graph or key-value formats in a NoSQL database. While these data structures provide horizontal scalability, support for developers familiar with RDBMS technologies looks limited. The inclusion of support for tabular data models certainly helps developers working on a NoSQL architecture and familiar with relational database technologies.

Another key feature with the database are improvements made to enable greater business continuity through an automatic failover function to secondary data centers in metropolitan areas. A secondary data center serves as a back-up for the primary operational data center to ensure running of business during a continuation event. More businesses and corporations worldwide are increasing security features for their data after the many hacks that have occurred recently, and we believe the failover function provides a renewed sense of confidence in the product for chief information officers.

Although our database market share estimates for Oracle takes feature only its RDBMS strength, NoSQL offerings can in fact add to the market share position of the company on a longer term.

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  1. Oracle Announces Oracle NoSQL Database 3.0, Oracle Pressroom, April 2014 []
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