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NoSQL Growing Pains

FourSquare suffered a near half-day complete outage of their site due to problems with their MongoDB implementation.  You can read the details here.

I won’t comment much on the actual outage, since the details are readily available.  It looks like a ‘standard’ outage that one might be familiar with when dealing with other backend systems.

It does point out that, while NoSQL implementations are heralded to be able to scale to ‘internet size’ (whatever that means), and which RDBMS sites supposedly can’t match (which is a myth, but that’s okay), running any large site will often lead to operational difficulties.

Does this invalidate NoSQL in any way?  No, not really, instead, it’s just a reminder that real-world events can ‘override’ theoretical notions in a hurry (e.g., that NoSQL doesn’t have to face the same sort of difficulties that RDBMS-based systems have dealt with for years).

posted on Friday, October 15, 2010 9:13 PM Print
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