How to choose the right type of database for your enterprise

Choosing a database to serve your enterprise technology needs can be overwhelming. Start by understanding what databases are available and use this article to guide you to finding the right fit

How to choose the right type of database for your enterprise
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There are hundreds of tech-heavy database reviews out there, but they don’t always give clear guidance on the first step in selecting a database: choosing the best general type for a specific application. All databases are not created equal. Each has specific strengths and weaknesses. While it’s true that workarounds exist to make a favorite database work for most projects, using those tricks adds unnecessary complexity.

Before considering a specific database, take some time to think about what type would best support the project at hand. The question goes deeper than “SQL vs. NoSQL.” Read on for a rundown of the most common database types, the relative merits of each, and how to tell which is the best fit.

Relational database management systems (Oracle, MySQL, MS Server, PostgreSQL)

Relational databases were developed in the 1970s to handle the increasing flood of data being produced. They have a solid foundational theory and have influenced nearly every database system in use today.

Relational databases store data sets as “relations”: tables with rows and columns where all information is stored as a value of a specific cell. Data in an RDBMS is managed using SQL. Though there are different implementations, SQL is standardized and provides a level of predictability and utility.

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