Feeds

SQL giant Oracle plans NoSQL standards body – top Reg sources

Database giant invites scrappy startups into its big tent, we're told

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Exclusive Database giant Oracle is attempting to create a NoSQL standards body, The Register has learned.

The puzzling move was disclosed to El Reg on Friday by multiple well-placed sources at multiple database companies, who were each familiar with the matter.

The insiders, speaking on condition of anonymity, say relational database expert Oracle is trying to form a body dedicated to NoSQL databases, and is seeking participation from NoSQL startups.

The emphasis of the standards body will be on go-to-market strategies, marketing, promotion and further commercialization of the technology rather than defining technical specifics, we understand.

NoSQL databases are typically open-source database management systems whose development is stewarded by upstarts like MongoDB Inc (MongoDB), Basho (Riak), DataStax (Cassandra), and others.

The technologies are designed for very large datasets, and usually favor availability (aka the speed of access to data) over consistency (guarantees about the results being correct). Oracle, by comparison, prides itself on the stability and reliability of its venerable technology, but this usually comes with a high price. The tech goliath also stewards the development of MySQL, one of the most popular relational open-source databases.

NoSQL – short for Not Only SQL – represents a threat to Oracle's future business as NoSQL databases have taken root among many young startups that need to build highly available storage systems for vast web apps.

As these startups grow, some of them stay on these technologies, and buy support or additional features from their respective databases' developers, rather than go to Oracle as was typical in the past.

To combat this threat to its business, Oracle released the Oracle NoSQL database in 2011 at Oracle OpenWorld, based in part on the BerkeleyDB storage engine that the company acquired with its 2006 gobble of Sleepycat Software.

Since then the Oracle NoSQL database has had multiple releases with the company announcing version three of the technology on Wednesday.

Oracle's NoSQL database, however, does not appear to have caught on much in the market. One database-use ranking system shows MongoDB and Cassandra have the most momentum.

Now, it seems Oracle is trying to rope in the wider database community to help it gain a better sense of the market. Given its vast cash reserves and dominance of the database market, many expect Oracle to make an acquisition in this space.

Oracle was not available for comment at time of publication. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault
Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents
Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first
Researchers test 802.15.4 and find we know nuh-think! about large scale sensor network ops
Turnbull should spare us all airline-magazine-grade cloud hype
Box-hugger is not a dirty word, Minister. Box-huggers make the cloud WORK
SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016
Flash WORM has a serious use for archived photos and videos
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
Do you spend ages wasting time because of a bulging rack?
No more cloud-latency tea breaks for you, users! Get a load of THIS
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.