What’s better for your big data application, SQL or NoSQL?

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Published March 13, 2014   |   

One of the critical decisions facing companies embarking on big data projects is which database to use, and often that decision swings between SQL and NoSQL. SQL has the impressive track record, the large installed base, but NoSQL is making impressive gains and has many proponents. We put the question to experts in both camps.

Moderator: John Dix, Network World Editor in Chief, sets up the debates and recruits the experts. Contact him with thoughts and ideas, jdix@nww.com.

The experts

Ryan Betts, CTO, of VoltDB, says SQL has already earned its stripes in large organizations and big data is just one more job that this stalwart can shoulder.

Bob Wiederhold, CEO of Couchbase, says NoSQL is viable alternative and, in fact, down right preferable for big data on many fronts, especially when it comes to scalability.

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