In the computing system (web and business applications), there are enormous data that comes out every day from the web. A large section of these data is handled by Relational database management systems (RDBMS). The idea of relational model came with E.F.Codd’s 1970 paper "A relational model of data for large shared data banks" which made data modeling and application programming much easier. Beyond the intended benefits, the relational model is well-suited to client-server programming and today it is predominant technology for storing structured data in web and business applications.
A database transaction, must be atomic, consistent, isolated and durable. Below we have discussed these four points.
Atomic : A transaction is a logical unit of work which must be either completed with all of its data modifications, or none of them is performed.
Consistent : At the end of the transaction, all data must be left in a consistent state.
Isolated : Modifications of data performed by a transaction must be independent of another transaction. Unless this happens, the outcome of a transaction may be erroneous.
Durable : When the transaction is completed, effects of the modifications performed by the transaction must be permanent in the system.
Often these four properties of a transaction are acronymed as ACID.
A distributed system consists of multiple computers and software components that communicate through a computer network (a local network or by a wide area network). A distributed system can consist of any number of possible configurations, such as mainframes, workstations, personal computers, and so on.The computers interact with each other and share the resources of the system to achieve a common goal.
Reliability (fault tolerance) :
The important advantage of distributed computing system is reliability. If some of the machines within the system crash, the rest of the computers remain unaffected and work does not stop.
In distributed computing the system can easily be expanded by adding more machines as needed.
Sharing of Resources :
Shared data is essential to many applications such as banking, reservation system. As data or resources are shared in distributed system, other resources can be also shared (e.g. expensive printers).
As the system is very flexible, it is very easy to install, implement and debug new services.
A distributed computing system can have more computing power and it's speed makes it different than other systems.
Open system :
As it is open system, every service is equally accessible to every client i.e. local or remote.
The collection of processors in the system can provide higher performance (and better price/performance ratio) than a centralized computer.
Troubleshooting and diagnosing problems.
Less software support is the main disadvantage of distributed computing system.
The network infrastructure can create several problems such as transmission problem, overloading, loss of messages.
Easy access in distributed computing system increases the risk of security and sharing of data generates the problem of data security
In electronics (including hardware, communication and software), scalability is the ability of a system to expand to meet your business needs. For example scaling a web application is all about allowing more people to use your application. You scale a system by upgrading the existing hardware without changing much of the application or by adding extra hardware.
There are two ways of scaling horizontal and vertical scaling :
To scale vertically (or scale up) means to add resources within the same logical unit to increase capacity. For example to add CPUs to an existing server, increase memory in the system or expanding storage by adding hard drive.
To scale horizontally (or scale out) means to add more nodes to a system, such as adding a new computer to a distributed software application. In NoSQL system, data store can be much faster as it takes advantage of “scaling out” which means to add more nodes to a system and distribute the load over those nodes.
NoSQL is a non-relational database management systems, different from traditional relational database management systems in some significant ways. It is designed for distributed data stores where very large scale of data storing needs (for example Google or Facebook which collects terabits of data every day for their users). These type of data storing may not require fixed schema, avoid join operations and typically scale horizontally.
In today’s time data is becoming easier to access and capture through third parties such as Facebook, Google+ and others. Personal user information, social graphs, geo location data, user-generated content and machine logging data are just a few examples where the data has been increasing exponentially. To avail the above service properly, it is required to process huge amount of data. Which SQL databases were never designed. The evolution of NoSql databases is to handle these huge data properly.
Social-network graph :
Each record: UserID1, UserID2
Separate records: UserID, first_name,last_name, age, gender,...
Task: Find all friends of friends of friends of ... friends of a given user.
Wikipedia pages :
Large collection of documents
Combination of structured and unstructured data
Task: Retrieve all pages regarding athletics of Summer Olympic before 1950.
- Structured and organized data
- Structured query language (SQL)
- Data and its relationships are stored in separate tables.
- Data Manipulation Language, Data Definition Language
- Tight Consistency
- Stands for Not Only SQL
- No declarative query language
- No predefined schema
- Key-Value pair storage, Column Store, Document Store, Graph databases
- Eventual consistency rather ACID property
- Unstructured and unpredictable data
- CAP Theorem
- Prioritizes high performance, high availability and scalability
- BASE Transaction
The term NoSQL was coined by Carlo Strozzi in the year 1998. He used this term to name his Open Source, Light Weight, DataBase which did not have an SQL interface.
In the early 2009, when last.fm wanted to organize an event on open-source distributed databases, Eric Evans, a Rackspace employee, reused the term to refer databases which are non-relational, distributed, and does not conform to atomicity, consistency, isolation, durability - four obvious features of traditional relational database systems.
In the same year, the "no:sql(east)" conference held in Atlanta, USA, NoSQL was discussed and debated a lot.
And then, discussion and practice of NoSQL got a momentum, and NoSQL saw an unprecedented growth.
You must understand the CAP theorem when you talk about NoSQL databases or in fact when designing any distributed system. CAP theorem states that there are three basic requirements which exist in a special relation when designing applications for a distributed architecture.
Consistency - This means that the data in the database remains consistent after the execution of an operation. For example after an update operation all clients see the same data.
Availability - This means that the system is always on (service guarantee availability), no downtime.
Partition Tolerance - This means that the system continues to function even the communication among the servers is unreliable, i.e. the servers may be partitioned into multiple groups that cannot communicate with one another.
In theoretically it is impossible to fulfill all 3 requirements. CAP provides the basic requirements for a distributed system to follow 2 of the 3 requirements. Therefore all the current NoSQL database follow the different combinations of the C, A, P from the CAP theorem. Here is the brief description of three combinations CA, CP, AP :
CA - Single site cluster, therefore all nodes are always in contact. When a partition occurs, the system blocks.
CP - Some data may not be accessible, but the rest is still consistent/accurate.
AP - System is still available under partitioning, but some of the data returned may be inaccurate.
he BASE acronym was defined by Eric Brewer, who is also known for formulating the CAP theorem.
The CAP theorem states that a distributed computer system cannot guarantee all of the following three properties at the same time:
A BASE system gives up on consistency.
BigTable, Cassandra, SimpleDB
There are four general types (most common categories) of NoSQL databases. Each of these categories has its own specific attributes and limitations. There is not a single solutions which is better than all the others, however there are some databases that are better to solve specific problems. To clarify the NoSQL databases, lets discuss the most common categories :
Example of Key-value store DataBase : Redis, Dynamo, Riak. etc.
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Example of Column-oriented databases : BigTable, Cassandra, SimpleDB etc.
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A graph data structure consists of a finite (and possibly mutable) set of ordered pairs, called edges or arcs, of certain entities called nodes or vertices.
The following picture presents a labeled graph of 6 vertices and 7 edges.
What is a Graph Databases?
Here is a comparison between the classic relational model and the graph model :
|Relational model||Graph model|
|Tables||Vertices and Edges set|
Example of Graph databases : OrientDB, Neo4J, Titan.etc.
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Here is a comparison between the classic relational model and the document model :
|Relational model||Document model|
Example of Document Oriented databases : MongoDB, CouchDB etc.
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There is a large number of companies using NoSQL. To name a few :