I was happy with this admittedly simple test because storing data in Oracle NoSQL seems to involve a bit of overhead. Creating the keys requires building arrays of strings, and object instantiation is often the bottleneck for Java code. It didn't seem to matter in these tests.
In all, Oracle NoSQL was a pleasure to try because it offered so many serious features developed by a company with a deep history of serious data management. There are dozens of small ways in which the tool is more thorough and sophisticated than the simpler NoSQL projects. You get a number of different options for increasing the durability in the face of a node crash or trading that durability for speed. The documentation is solid and written by working engineers with deep experience in storing data for enterprise customers.
Oracle NoSQL might not offer the heady fun and "just build it" experimentation of many of the pure open source NoSQL projects, but that's not really its role. Oracle borrowed the best ideas from these groups and built something that will deliver good performance to the sweet spot of the enterprise market.
There is one way, though, that Oracle NoSQL Database departs from Oracle's long tradition. I've always found it difficult and occasionally impossible to install Oracle's main database and get it running. The open source community, by contrast, has always done a better job of smoothing this process. Some say the most important thing MySQL did right was testing and retesting the installation until it was bulletproof and simple.
The Oracle NoSQL Database clearly came from a development team with experience in open source tradition. The only installation headache I had went away when I changed localhost to 127.0.0.1. That's quite an improvement. I would trade SQL joins for simpler installation any day.
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