Concerning Information © NoSQL on Microsoft Azure

February 15, 2020


Part of the Microsoft Azure Category

The linked article below, Understanding NoSQL on Microsoft Azure is Copyright © 2014 Chappell & Associates.

[Note]: All information on this NewAdventures post referencing that information pdf refers to that copyrighted document.


“Relational technology has been the dominant approach to working with data for decades. Typically accessed using Structured Query Language (SQL), relational databases are incredibly useful. And as their popularity suggests, they can be applied in many different situations.

But relational technology isn’t always the best approach. Suppose you need to work with very large amounts of data, for example, too much to store on a single machine. Scaling relational technology to work effectively across many servers (physical or virtual) can be challenging. Or suppose your application works with data that’s not a natural fit for relational systems, such as JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) documents. Shoehorning the data into relational tables is possible, but a storage technology expressly designed to work with this kind of information might be simpler.

NoSQL technologies have been created to address problems like these. As the name suggests, the label encompasses a variety of storage technologies that don’t use the familiar relational model. Yet because they can provide greater scalability, alternative data formats, and other advantages, NoSQL options can sometimes be the right choice. Relational databases have a good future, and they’re still the best choice in many situations. But NoSQL databases get more important every day.

Microsoft Azure supports a variety of NoSQL technologies. This guide walks through the options, explaining what each one provides.”–Chappell.pdf


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