As mentioned in the introduction of this report, Hadoop-related software and services matured rapidly in 2012, leading to increased adoption of enterprise-level products by companies in industries beyond the web. In many cases, companies that had previously deployed community (read: free) versions of vendor Big Data software bundles for proof-of-concept projects began upgrading to paid software and services to support production-level deployments.
Likewise, in the related NoSQL space a handful of vendors that offer commercial versions of popular open source databases enjoyed significant revenue growth as pilot projects blossomed into production deployments supporting real-time, web-scale applications and services.
Among these vendors is 10gen, which offers a commercial version of the open source, document-oriented MongoDB; Aerospike, whose NoSQL database supports very low-latency online transactional applications; and DataStax, the company behind commercial Cassandra who counts Netflix among its marquee customers.
Ultimately, however, the NoSQL market is largely up for grabs. Each NoSQL database has its related strengths and weaknesses, and no one NoSQL database currently “does it all.” Big Data practitioners must take a number of factors into consideration when selecting a NoSQL database to facilitate large-scale transactional workloads, including scalability, performance, security and ease-of-development.
Also read Wikibon CTO David Floyer’s insightful article that the current leading data-in-flash database for transactional analytic applications is Aerospike. – “Data in DRAM is a Flash in the Pan”