To loosely quote Hemingway, when a character in 'The Sun Also Rises' was asked how he went bankrupt, the answer was ‘two ways, gradually and then suddenly’.  I think this is very apt for how some organizations will succeed (or fail) to further leverage data as an asset using database technologies based on NOSQL.  

To wit, today Dell Software has introduced support for the NoSQL database MongoDB.  Dell Software has recognized the opportunity afforded by NoSQL database technologies and in doing so has acted to introduce MongoDB capabilities to support today's data agility and performance requirements that legacy RDBMS technologies simply cannot offer.

Organizations that succeed in the future will have the insight to complement their existing Database investments by strategically leveraging NoSQL technologies and their unique ability to synthesize massive amounts of disparate data in order to generate a competitive advantage that will likely cause a sea change in the way data is utilized as an asset within organizations.

While in the near term, NoSQL is emerging as an attractive option for complementing existing database estates, it also offers features that effectively level the playing field for companies that previously may have been limited by the cost barriers associated with legacy RDBMS technologies.  Further, NoSQL offers easy scalability on commodity hardware and also lends itself well to virtualization which lessens the burden of supporting such nascent technologies for legacy IT orgs and encourages risk taking ultimately resulting in better products and services, effectively democratizing database technnology for all organizations.

Dell Software understands that with the rapid adoption of NoSQL technologies to complement existing RDBMS/DW investments, there is significant risk that without the tools to help your DB team work smarter, efforts to successfully leverage these benefits will fail.  That is why Toad now supports MongoDB.  Further, At Dell software, our database-agnostic Toad solutions have always enabled customers to apply consistent processes and universal tools across *all* of their database environments. This helps organizations transition from one platform to another more easily because Dell looks at the problem of managing and integrating databases through a data lens—not through the lens of a particular database company.

To give you an idea of how this works, check out these blog posts on how to configure Toad, MongoDB and Ruby (Part 1 of 2Part 2 of 2).

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