Are NoSQL databases like MongoDB on your radar yet? Have you started using them, are you still kicking the tires, or are you somewhere in between?
In the results of a survey last year called The Real World of the Database Administrator, we found out that MongoDB is picking up momentum, as shown in the graph. Unisphere Research collected responses from 300 respondents including database admins, managers, developers and other IT staff in companies of various sizes and industries. The data shows that Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle are still dominant (no surprise there), but it also shows that MongoDB is getting some traction, indicating growing acceptance of NoSQL technology.
For a lot of companies, NoSQL compares favorably with relational database management systems in a few important areas:
- Scalability and performance
- Suitability to large volumes of quickly changing data
- Tolerance of semi-structured and unstructured data
- Amenability to schema iteration and agile sprints
- Geographically distributed architecture
Unisphere’s report digs deeper into NoSQL:
- Around 70 percent of all MongoDB users are running more than 100 databases.
- Thirty percent are running more than 500 databases.
- Nearly 60 percent of the MongoDB users are in companies with more than 5,000 employees.
The responses suggest that larger companies are quicker to work with NoSQL databases than are smaller companies, but that they are not yet entrusting their mission-critical data to it.
Where are you and your organization on the NoSQL/MongoDB spectrum? Have a look at the Unisphere report, The Real World of the Database Administrator, to find out more. And stay tuned all this month for more nuggets I’m pulling out of the report for you.