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Choice is a good thing, but too much choice can lead to confusion and to buyers taking a “wait-and-see” approach until the market coalesces around the eventual winners. Lack of choice was an important factor in how quickly and readily companies bought into the RDBMS movement 30 or so years ago. I believe that too much choice is holding companies back from buying into the Hadoop / NoSQL movement.
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While the last two years or so have welcomed the advent of NoSQL databases with unbridled enthusiasm, there are still many obstacles which must be overcome before they can become fully accepted among the more established enterprises. Below are a few of these obstacles:


1.     Less mature

RDBMSs have been around a lot longer than NoSQL databases. The first RDBMS was released into the market about 25 years ago. While proponents of NoSQL may present this as a disadvantage citing that age is an indicator of obsolescence, with the advancement of years RDBMSs have matured to become richly functional and stable systems.

In contrast, most of the NoSQL database alternatives have just barely made it out of the pre-production stages, and there are many important features that have not yet been implemented. It’s an exciting prospect for a developer to be teetering on the cutting edge of technology, but caution must be exercised to avoid any disastrous consequences.

2.     Less support

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