Making Sense of NoSQL
A guide for managers and the rest of us
Daniel G. McCreary and Ann M. Kelly
Foreword by Tony Shaw
  • September 2013
  • ISBN 9781617291074
  • 312 pages
  • printed in black & white

Easily digestible, practical advice for technical managers, architects, and developers.

From the Foreword by Tony Shaw, CEO of DATAVERSITY

Making Sense of NoSQL clearly and concisely explains the concepts, features, benefits, potential, and limitations of NoSQL technologies. Using examples and use cases, illustrations, and plain, jargon-free writing, this guide shows how you can effectively assemble a NoSQL solution to replace or augment the traditional RDBMS you have now.

About the book

If you want to understand and perhaps start using the new data storage and analysis technologies that go beyond the SQL database model, this book is for you. Written in plain language suitable for technical managers and developers, and using many examples, use cases, and illustrations, this book explains the concepts, features, benefits, potential, and limitations of NoSQL.

Making Sense of NoSQL starts by comparing familiar database concepts to the new NoSQL patterns that augment or replace them. Then, you'll explore case studies on big data, search, reliability, and business agility that apply these new patterns to today's business problems. You'll see how NoSQL systems can leverage the resources of modern cloud computing and multiple-CPU data centers. The final chapters show you how to choose the right NoSQL technologies for your own needs.

Managers and developers will welcome this lucid overview of the potential and capabilities of NoSQL technologies.

What's inside

  • NoSQL data architecture patterns
  • NoSQL for big data
  • Search, high availability, and security
  • Choosing an architecture

About the authors

Dan McCreary and Ann Kelly lead an independent training and consultancy firm focused on NoSQL solutions and are cofounders of the NoSQL Now! Conference.


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Cuts through the jargon and gives you the information you need to know.

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