Big data startups weigh in on competing with Oracle

It looks like Oracle does indeed have a big data strategy in place, complete with plans for Hadoop, NoSQL and even an integration of the R statistical analysis software. Today, some of startups affected by Oracle’s impending moves weighed in with their takes on the situation.

DataStax gets $11M, fuses NoSQL and Hadoop

DataStax has created the first commercial distribution of the Apache Cassandra database and has just closed an $11 million Series B round. Neither piece of news should come as a shock because as NoSQL products have been maturing over the past year, money has always followed.

10gen raises $20M for MongoDB in maturing NoSQL space

MongoDB-based startup 10gen has raised $20 million in a Series D funding round. The latest round speaks to the popularity of the MongoDB document database among large companies, even though the hype around NoSQL has lessened considerably over the past year.

Couchbase goes 2.0, pushes SQL for NoSQL

Couchbase has big plans to take NoSQL mainstream. It unveiled two today: Couchbase 2.0, which combines the Membase Server key-value store with the CouchDB document database in a single product, and UnQL, an open query language designed to bring uniformity to the diverse NoSQL landscape.

Real World NoSQL: MongoDB at Shutterfly

Shutterfly is a popular Internet-based photo sharing and personal publishing company that manages a persistent store of more than 6 billion images with a transaction rate of up to 10,000 operations per second. Here’s why it made the journey from Oracle to MongoDB.

10gen Raises $6.5M to Dominate the NoSQL Space

10gen, the company providing commercial support for the open-source MongoDB database, has raised $6.5 million in funding led by Sequoia Capital. Its CEO says NoSQL will become the third leg of the data storage stool for enterprises, and MongoDB is in the lead.

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It’s a bittersweet today for the NoSQL community. The recently maligned Cassandra project got some much-needed love via a government intelligence project (as well as an Amazon EC2 connection), while the much-ballyhooed MongoDB might have been to blame for Foursquare’s lengthy outage earlier in the week. Although we tend to overanalyze everything (what else is a site dedicated to this stuff supposed to do?), the reality is that both projects are just undergoing growing pains. As the use cases expand and more users tinker with them, all of the NoSQL projects will get stronger, eventually finding their ways into an enterprise near you.

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If you follow the NoSQL area, you’ve likely noticed the divergence in paths between Cassandra on one hand and CouchDB and MongoDB on the other. Data-store type aside, the main difference between the former and the latter two appears to be the existence of companies not only supporting the projects, but actually developing viable commercial versions. MongoDB and CouchDB keep wracking up high-profile users, whereas Cassandra news revolves around users scaling back their reliance. Furthermore, CouchOne’s new mobile platform evidences a real commitment to finding a killer app for CouchDB; Cassandra has no such direction. I know Riptano is on the job in terms of Cassandra support, but the sooner it releases a commercial version, the sooner we’ll once again see positive momentum for the web’s most-famous key-value store.

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Server Beach’s hosted MongoDB servers represent the first commercially hosted NoSQL database option. (Better yet, they’re free.) Rackspace is notably working with the NoSQL community, and I expect AWS is, too, but neither has rolled out NoSQL instances as a standard option. It’s somewhat shocking, actually, considering that traditional hosting firms are supposed to be playing catch-up with cloud providers in terms of cutting-edge tools, not the other way around. However, I suspect that we’ll see a mainstream cloud provider offering a NoSQL option relatively soon.