A week ago, I came accross a post on the YCombinator news forum which I felt would be of interest to our CTO and Founder, Benno Nieswand. It linked to a Register.co.uk article but the YCombinator Hacker News comments are definitely worth a read.
Everyone in the world of database software, database indexing and generally information access technologies these days seems to be after trying to find the next best thing. The applications which use databases these days have little to do with what modern relational databases were made for decades ago. Storage is moving from disk to fast solid state memory. SQL is still king but companies like Exorbyte have been building add-ons which make data more accessible (speed, precision, complex changes, interfacing with other systems, etc.) More recent development include the apparition of NoSQL movement and Hasso Plattner’s (SAP founder) impressive new database prototypes.
MarkLogic tries to make the point that standard interfaces are good, special implementations are also good and you will hardly find anything that does both at the same time, except — naturally — MarkLogic. On the other hand, I know that a one-fits-all approach is not efficient and a proprietary interface is hard to implement.
I asked Benno to react to these trends and specifically to the MarkLogic article which makes claims about what may be valid pursuits for the leading edge developers in the database applications world, and how MarkLogic is uniquely equipped to address many of them. The text below is Benno’s comments:
Exorbyte is fighting the same fight to have a good compromise. MarkLogic is closer to the database, we are more efficient. We enhance traditional database applications with our unique capabilities. This said, we are limited by the fact that we have a generic solution and not a standard interface, since we have different functionality from SQL.
What we do is not about NoSQL. One just cannot formulate the things we do with Exorbyte Matchmaker in SQL for isntance. So what’s the point. Getting closer to SQL means to get into the trouble of compliance. What to do with extra functionality?
The Exorbyte approach is simple: Use a simple, functional, but special interface that is easy to implement, not because of standards, but because of simplicity.
So what do you think?
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