Today’s DBA may feel somewhat like Dr. Who—traversing alternate application “universes” in which different rules and demands weigh on their decisions.

One universe—the universe of Big Data—is one in which people understandably tend to stress the “Big” part of data. NoSQL and Hadoop offerings, which often take center stage in conversations, are good at handling massive scale. As long as you’re okay with sacrificing immediate consistency, these solutions are excellent for use cases that don’t require making sense of data quickly and easily.

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