NewSQL vs NoSQL for New OLTP
Mike Stonebraker is talking about NewSQL again today in a keynote at the NoSQL Now conference in San Jose.
No prizes for guessing what Dr Stonebraker is going to say… namely that:
- SQL is not inherently incapable of scaling-out horizontally,
- transactions are good for any applications that care about consistent data (almost all applications do to some extent), and
- that the emergence of NewSQL databases is a fundamental change in the world of data management.
We hear it every day as we talk to people: Customers are looking for familiar API’s, capabilities and semantics but with elastic scalability. SQL+Elasticity.
Whether or not he will take a provocative stance such as the Facebook-trapped-in-a-fate-worse-than-death claim he is certain to make that same point, namely that the next Facebook does not need to build a proprietary database in order to handle the scale of data and concurrency of a modern social network. NewSQL provides an off-the-shelf solution.
I am sure the keynote will be very interesting, and thought-provoking.