In our last blog, we pointed out that relational databases—technology that isn’t able to keep up with the pace of changes and demands of data—fail to meet clients’ needs, are expensive to manage, can be more vulnerable to breaches and more. Also, your data is stuck in silos and you cannot get a 360-degree view of the data to better meet your customers’ needs.
It’s much better (and more cost-effective) to pick a tool that’s built to address these challenges.
In this blog, we will make the case for multi-model NoSQL databases as the answer for your state agency’s data integration headaches—including some success stories from the field.
A key feature of a multi-model NoSQL database is its ability to evolve with application requirements—as requirements change, the data model must also change. This is a problem for relational databases because the data model is static. A NoSQL database fully supports agile development because it doesn’t statically define how the data must be modeled. The data model is defined by the application model. NoSQL defers to the applications and services as to how data should be modeled. So, NoSQL features the flexibility and agility needed to meet those data demands.
Also, in today’s fast-paced data environment, databases must be able to support an ever-increasing number of users and data. They have to scale to maintain performance, and they have to do it efficiently. NoSQL databases have the ability to scale more effectively by deploying no more hardware than is required to meet the current load and scaling on-demand, without downtime. They are easy to install, configure and scale, and they ingest data quickly.
In addition, as state agencies are well aware, customer engagements increasingly are taking place online and on mobile apps. So, availability, accessibility and security are major concerns. These mission-critical applications must be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without exception, and must protect critical information. Delivering 24×7 availability is a challenge for relational databases because most are deployed to a single physical server. If that server fails, the database becomes unavailable. In contrast, a NoSQL database separates and distributes data to multiple databases with no shared resources—so if one crashes, others are there to pick up the slack.
So … what does all of this look like in the real world? And what can it mean for state agencies working to advance their data transformation and IT modernization efforts?
State agencies know that the struggle to implement consistent, government-grade data security policies without compromising data sharing has taken on new urgency. And, as cyberattacks continue to escalate, the need to strike this balance is more critical than ever.
By enabling rapid ingestion of multi-structured data along with powerful data mastering capabilities, NoSQL databases equip agencies to achieve a highly secure and actionable 360-degree view of their data—at less time and cost.
Here are a few examples of governments that leveraged the power of MarkLogic’s NoSQL enterprise database platform to solve their data integration challenges:
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