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NuoDB and Red Hat: A Common Vision

common visionRecently, I shared the news that we released NuoDB 3.0! One of our highlights was our expanded technology ecosystem, with a slew of new partners, certifications, and integrations - including with Red Hat.

Full disclosure - I worked at Red Hat for just over four years before joining NuoDB. Red Hat and my “Red Hatter” friends remain near and dear to me. However, I am excited about this partnership for what it means to our community and customers and want to share some of my thoughts with you about our common vision.

As I mentioned in my NuoDB 3.0 announcement blog, Red Hat and NuoDB are both focused on helping customers modernize and move applications to the cloud and hybrid cloud environments.

Rather than take approaches such as “rip and replace” or “force-fit” traditional, monolithic architectures, both Red Hat and NuoDB understand there is a better way that can deliver both traditional and modern benefits. Both of us provide the leadership and technology for customers seeking a path to make the journey on their own terms, in the way that is best for their individual businesses.

Red Hat products combine the familiarity of trusted enterprise software with modern and next-generation capabilities, with an emphasis on deployment flexibility (on-premises, virtual, public, private, and hybrid clouds), straight forward consumption (subscription model), and lightweight packaging (containerized). Red Hat offers technologies such as the operating system, a container application platform environment, middleware, storage, and more. However, even though owning the data means owning the customer, Red Hat does not offer a database to its customers.

As organizations move rapidly to derive the benefits of applications in the cloud, the desire to solve cloud-related data management challenges has become a top priority. Application strategies have evolved to prioritize scale-out, distributed architectures, containers, and continuously available services. But, customers have not found a comparable solution for their database strategy. 

Typical choices include maintaining their traditional, monolithic scale-up database in the data center or forklifting it into a container, abandoning consistency, relational models, and pushing data management to the application, or setting up complicated and expensive data management pipelines. Organizations struggle to align their application stack and database systems into a common cohesive strategy.

Traditional databases are monolithic, do not scale out, and were not fundamentally built for the cloud and distributed architectures. NoSQL databases are good for specific use cases when the data is non-relational and consistency and durability are not a priority. For customers making the transition to the cloud, to hybrid clouds, and to distributed architectures, none of these choices are the best fit or strategically aligned with next-generation application strategies.

NuoDB’s elastic SQL database both fills a gap in Red Hat’s portfolio as well as aligns with Red Hat's technology vision. NuoDB preserves the familiar enterprise database capabilities of the relational model, ACID transactions, and SQL data access that organization have built their applications to rely on. It also offers deployment flexibility (on-premises, virtual, public, private, and hybrid clouds), straight-forward consumption (subscription model), and the database as a Red Hat-certified container. 

Fundamentally, NuoDB was designed for modern architectures, scale-out, and continuous availability - all top concerns for today’s organizations. NuoDB and Red Hat, together, can now offer their customers a complete vision - from storage through the database, all the way up the stack - of how they can successfully execute digital transformation initiatives and modernize their business.

Want to learn more about NuoDB as a Red Hat-certified container? Next week, I’ll be writing a TechBlog which discusses our container and integration with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

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christina-wongAs Director of Product Marketing, Christina Wong is responsible for driving and defining product marketing in support of overall go-to-market strategy for NuoDB. Her 10+ years of marketing, sales, and engineering experience spans a broad range of high-tech industries.

Follow Christina on Twitter at @tehWong

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