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Non-Relational Databases

Non-Relational Databases Overview

What are Non-Relational Databases?

Non-relational databases do not use the rows/columns table format of relational databases. They have different and varying frameworks of storing and modeling data. By relaxing certain rules these databases provide increased scalability and availability. The term “non-relational database” is sometimes used synonymously with NoSQL databases. Document-oriented databases, key-value databases, object databases and graph databases are non-relational databases.


Non-relational databases grew in popularity due to their ability to meet the aggressive scaling needs of web applications appearing on popular websites (e.g. social media). They also are suited to support Big Data applications with their high throughput of unstructured data. Non-relational databases can also store data in memory for persistence, to more easily read this fast-moving data. Finally, popular non-relational databases are open source and present little or no upfront cost, and no licensing fees.

Non-Relational Database Features & Capabilities

Notable capabilities and advantages of non-relational database are:

  • Can be purpose-built to specific data models

  • “Tableless” and opaque data storage

  • Can manage unstructured or multi-structured data

  • No need for a predefined schema

  • Better manage abstract data

  • Support graph data modeling

  • Support document-oriented data store

  • Less strict consistency (e.g. eventual consistency) models

  • Better operational performance

  • Require fewer computing resources

  • More horizontal and vertical scalability

Pricing Information

Many non-relational databases are open source and available free without a license. Non-relational databases also provide more flexible data center budgeting. Adding or removing servers need not create downtime. Scalability and availability are their greatest advantages. Non-relational databases can also be deployed across cheaper, commodified servers relative to their RDBMS counterparts.

Non-Relational Databases Products

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FileMaker Pro

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Database software for individuals or teams. Allows users to create forms, reports and labels. Share on a network or over the web.

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Cloudant is an open source non-relational, distributed database service that requires zero-configuration. It's based on the Apache-backed CouchDB project and the creator of the open source BigCouch project. Cloudant's service provides integrated data management, search, and analytics engine desig...

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Sparksee is a graph database from Sparsity Technologies headquartered in Barcelona.

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db4o (database for objects) is an embeddable open source object database supported by Actian. However, Actian no longer promotes db4o's commercial version to new customers.

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Clipper was a database building programming language, acquired by CA Technologies and branded CA-Clipper; product support for existing customers is offered by GrafX Software.

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Tamino is an information management platform based on native XML and supported by Software AG.

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ObjectStore,once supported by Progress Software, now supported by Ignite Technologies, is an object-oriented database development platform.

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Matisse is a non-relational database, from small company Matisse Software.

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CA Datacom is a database repository and DBMS offering from CA Technologies.

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Versant ODBMS, now from Actian since the Versant acquisition, is a database management system.

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Objectivity/DB is the flagship object oriented database technology from Objectivity Inc in San Jose, California.

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Stardog from Complexible in Washington, DC is a graph database.

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Adabas is a database management system (DBMS) platform from Software AG.