Sunday, January 30, 2011

NoSQL Summary

The best short description of when not to use NoSQL that I've ever seen is from a reddit comment by bucknuggets


  • a key-value pair data store isn't optimal storage in the perfect world since data quality is very difficult to manage, reporting is a nightmare, and since most data doesn't map elegantly to key-values app complexity grows.
  • but it may be a very effective storage solution at certain scalability thresholds

Then for sites below those thresholds it is premature optimization - that adds unnecessary risk to the project.