Adding SQL is a wise decision, because through SQL, (big) data stored in these systems, becomes available to a much larger audience and therefore becomes more valuable to the business. It makes it possible to use a much broader set of products to query and analyze that data. Evidently, not all these SQL implementations are perfect today, but I don't doubt that they will improve over time.
Considering this SQL-fication that's going on, how much longer can we state that the term NoSQL stands for NO SQL? Maybe in a few years we will say that NoSQL stands for Not Originally SQL.
In a way, this transformation reminds me of the history of Ingres. This database server started out as a NoSQL product as well. In the beginning, Ingres supported a database language called Quel (a relational language, but not SQL). Eventually, the market forced them to convert to SQL. Not Originally SQL certainly applies to them.
Anyway, the SQL-fication of NoSQL products and big data has started and continues. To me, this is a great development, because more and more organizations understand what a major asset it is. Therefore, data, any data, big or small, should be stored in systems that can be accessed by as many tools, applications, and users as possible, and that's what SQL offers. Such a valuable asset should not be hidden and buried deep in systems that can only be accessed by experts and technical wizards
Posted February 8, 2013 8:53 AM
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