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    Big data showdown: Cassandra vs. HBase

    Posted April 2, 2014 - 11:25 am

    Bigtable-inspired open source projects take different routes to the highly scalable, highly flexible, distributed, wide column data store.
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    HBase is massively scalable -- and hugely complex

    Posted March 31, 2014 - 10:57 am

    Apache HBase offers extreme scalability, reliability, and flexibility, but at the cost of many moving parts.
  • Review

    Cassandra lowers the barriers to big data

    Posted March 24, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Apache Cassandra is a free, open source NoSQL database designed to manage very large data sets (think petabytes) across large clusters of commodity servers. Among many distinguishing features, Cassandra excels at scaling writes as well as reads, and its "master-less" architecture makes creating and expanding clusters relatively straightforward. For organizations seeking a data store that can support rapid and massive growth, Cassandra should be high on the list of options to consider.
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    Oracle Database 12c review: Finally, a true cloud database

    Posted June 26, 2013 - 1:53 pm

    Pluggable databases bring a new level of efficiency and ease to database consolidation, while a wealth of other new features address performance, availability, and more
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    4 free, open source management GUIs For MongoDB

    Posted June 12, 2013 - 11:54 am

    MongoDB is certainly one of the most popular open source, document-oriented NoSQL databases. Developed and maintained by 10gen, MongoDB is available in both a free version and a paid-for enterprise version, which adds features such as Kerberos security, SNMP access, and live monitoring features. However, neither the free version nor the enterprise version comes with a management GUI.
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    NoSQL showdown: MongoDB vs. Couchbase

    Posted March 21, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    MongoDB edges Couchbase Server with richer querying and indexing options, as well as superior ease-of-use
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    Six free databases with commercial-quality features

    Posted December 3, 2012 - 4:44 pm

    Free or open source databases run hundreds of millions of public-facing and private applications worldwide, but how effective is this technology and how do these products compare? For answers, we reviewed six popular free or open source database products: Microsoft SQL Server Express, PostgreSQL, Oracle's MySQL, MariaDB, Apache Derby and Firebird SQL.
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    Review: SQL Server 2012 stands tall

    Posted September 12, 2012 - 1:19 pm

    Huge HA and indexing improvements top the list of great new features in Microsoft's latest database release
  • Review

    Review: FileMaker Pro 12 and FileMaker Pro Advanced 12

    Posted April 4, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    With new versions of its entire FileMaker product line (FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Pro Advanced, FileMaker Server, FileMaker Server Advanced, and FileMaker Go), FileMaker, Inc. extends its dominance of the Mac OS and iOS database world by offering improvements that will be valued by every type of FileMaker user: end users both in the office and out, and developers of every level of ability, from amateurs to aces.
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    Tomboy: Powerful, and free, database for notes

    Posted March 26, 2012 - 3:24 pm

    Take the intuitive simplicity of jotting down a quick note in Notepad, combine it with the ever-present nature of Stickies, and add easy linking between topics that's even more instant than TiddlyWiki. You've got Tomboy: A free application that makes managing your knowledge easy and fast.
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    First look: Oracle NoSQL Database

    Posted November 16, 2011 - 7:14 am

    Oracle's take on the distributed key-value data store is fast, flexible, and enterprise-grade serious
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