UPDATED 11:51 EDT / NOVEMBER 11 2013

MarkLogic’s lead in NoSQL market won’t slow innovation

The NoSQL market is still relatively new, but the current trends suggest it is on pace to equal or even surpass traditional relational database management systems (RDMS). In this rapidly-emerging market, one company, MarkLogic, is clearly leading the race. With its latest improvements to its Big Data products, the company has given itself a significant edge over the competition.

According to a Wikibon.org report, MarkLogic has managed to secure a leading market share in the NoSQL industry while also providing its customers with better functionality. Among the improvements the company has introduced with MarkLogic 7 are:

  • robust storage management functionality
  • a native Hadoop interface
  • improved elasticity and semantic capabilities
  • cloud infrastructures and tiered storage
  • new semantics functionality
  • new search and query options
  • government-grade security

With no fewer than 50 NoSQL solutions on the market, MarkLogic has managed to not only lead in the NoSQL arena, but it also has put NoSQL in a position act as a legitimate alternative to RDMS solutions, particularly in areas such as cloud scalability, high availability and document-oriented and distributed database workloads.

NoSQL in the real world


Other NoSQL providers, such as DataStax are finding real-world situations where organizations are asking them to replace their relational database systems with NoSQL. According to Robin Schumacher, VP of Products at DataStax, “The Oracle relational database, yes we’ve replaced that many times,” citing eBay as an example of a company that moved from an RDMS to Cassandra, managing over 200 terabytes of data across 3 data centers.

MarkLogic executives believe they are ahead of the game in this new NoSQL trend. CEO Gary Bloom said of the company’s growth, “We’ve got a five-year head start on all the other NoSQL solution providers.”

He may have a valid point. MarkLogic is the largest pure-play Big Data vendor in terms of revenue, and it has not slowed down its push for innovation in the industry, as its new semantic system illustrates. With MarkLogic 7, users can aggregate data from a plethora of sources and glean context through the facts associated with that information. Data is also linked through its natural relationships with other data, creating a web of knowledge that organizations can use to gain useful insights.

With Big Data companies like MarkLogic improving NoSQL functionality and usability, there may come a time when NoSQL is a considerable force in areas that RDMS technologies once dominated.

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