IBM answering to Oracle NoSQL database

Following the recent Oracle attack on the NoSQL market ,with the announcement of its Orcale NoSQL solution,  IBM ‘s response didn’t last and unveil its plans to roll out NoSQL technology inside the DB2 product line.


According to Curt Cotner, the company’s vice president and chief technology officer for database servers, who spoke yesterday during a keynote address at IBM’s Information On Demand 2011 conference:

 “All of the DB2 and IBM Informix customers will have access to that and it will be part of your existing stack and you won’t have to pay extra for it,” Cotner said. “We’ll put that into our database products because we think that this is [something] that people want from their application programming experience, and it makes sense to put it natively inside of DB2.”

IBM’s plan to roll out NoSQL technology inside of DB2 made sense to conference attendee Gerard Ruppert, an IT consultant with John Daniel Associates in McKees Rocks, Pa.

“I think ultimately [IBM has] to go there because of the size of the data that’s moving around nowadays,” Ruppert said. “But it’s going to be a learning curve for a lot of the midmarket people because they just don’t have that expertise yet.”

The appeal of NoSQL lies in its ability to handle large volumes of data faster and more efficiently than traditional relational database management systems, according to Ruppert. He advised that before taking advantage of the new technology, organizations should make sure they have the right skills in-house. Those that don’t should consider bringing in some outside expertise before things get messed up, he added.

“In our own practice, we often go in and clean up after other people who don’t know what they’re doing,” he said.

NoSQL database management systems have a reputation for helping organizations analyze so-called big data stores. But “the jury is still out” on whether the technology is right for handling transactional systems, such as those used by banks and other institutions to process things like credit card orders, online purchases and stock trades.

“I think that if you asked our database guys, they would say that they’re generally not seeing deployments of technology like that for OLTP [online transaction processing] purposes,” said Ted Friedman, a data management analyst with Stamford, Conn.-based IT research firm Gartner Inc. “The vast majority of the usage is going in the analytics direction.”

Friedman added that IBM’s decision to offer NoSQL capabilities is in line with other industry giants who have made Hadoop, NoSQL and big data announcements of late. For example, Oracle yesterday announced the general availability of its new NoSQL database.

“It’s consistent with how we see the relational database model evolving over time.” he said. “IBM is doing it and others are as well. You saw Oracle at OpenWorld the other week making announcements around Hadoop and NoSQL capabilities and you see Microsoft doing some other things, so it’s a really big deal.”


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