10 standout NoSQL databases you should try
These 10 "second-generation" data stores represent the forefront of the NoSQL revolution
By Peter Wayner | InfoWorld | Published: 18:01, 09 October 12
The NoSQL buzzword caught fire just a few short years ago, but we're already well into the second generation of the movement. While the early stacks of code were just experiments, the systems today are much more mature, ready for action, and facing the hard truths of a technology that's come of age - so much so that some of the best NoSQL data stores have already been rewritten, and a few are even sticking the 2.0 label on the latest version. Here's a list of some of the better-known tools for building fast, scalable repositories for lots of data.
The Apache Cassandra project emerged out of Facebook in 2008 and is now a fully grown tool used for many large data stores and integrated with other popular tools like Solr. The mechanism offers a hybrid mixture of a column-oriented database with a key/value store. Not every row must have each column, but the columns are grouped into families that make them feel like tables. The system offers a tunable amount of replication and consistency. In one recent test, Netflix built a cluster of 288 nodes and found writes scaled linearly.