Do you have a huge database? If you do, you’re probably pretty techie. In that case you’re probably preparing for the Internet of Things.
But are you preparing correctly? Probably not if you have a huge database. It’s going to slow you down, make you frustrated, and generally give you a rough time.
Unless you implement NoSQL. In which case, get to adding that ASAP to your database.
Our good friends over at WIkipedia define NoSQL as a “mechanism for storage and retrieval of data that is modeled in means other than the tabular relations used in relational databases.”
What that means is simple. Kind of. NoSQL can organize your data for faster retrieval of it which will help your Internet of Things life overall. So if you have thousands of devices all trying to access your data simultaneously in your Internet of Things lifestyle, then eventually all that data is going to end up like the streets of London during rush hour (trust me, that city was not built for that kind of traffic).
Matt Asay on readwrite.com describes how data has been predictable for the past 30 years. Asay pens, “companies would store customer data in the rows and columns of a customer-relationship management system.”
As you can imagine, data in the Internet of Things is not as predictable. Therefore somebody has to put on their work boots and get to work organizing and organizing and organizing. That is NoSQL and that’s the problem it solves.
I want you to take a moment and think about all the headlines you’ve read in regards to the Internet of Things. It can get pretty doomsday talking about the millions and millions of interconnected devices. Asay believes that NoSQL is about to explode to solve this problem. In a study done by VisionMobile, they estimate that there are roughly 300,000 Internet of Things developers out there today, but by 2020, that number will grow exponentially. That calls for a summoning horn of NoSQL developers.
If these developers can get the Internet of Things going full-steam-ahead and data can be organized even without being predictable, then those millions and millions of devices will run rather smoothly at the onset.
But there are some issues involved.
The main problem is simply scale. That’s right, the Internet of Things could out-scale NoSQL before NoSQL is even ready to do it’s job. It would be like showing up to with a sledgehammer to demolish the shed in your backyard to only have that shed turn into a skyscraper overnight.
However awesome the prospect of having a skyscraper in your backyard may seem to you, that tiny little sledgehammer isn’t going to be much help in demolishing it. Just like no matter how awesome the prospect of the Internet of Things may seem to you, showing up with an outdated NoSQL program, will make it operate like a salted slug. And everyone hates salted slugs.
Therefore, we need some really smart people to figure out some really smart things to do with NoSQL—make it scale simultaneously with the Internet of Things or at the least make it really flexible for updates to happen quickly.
It is only then that developers and database owners alike will adopt the Internet of Things and the world can get along to being awesome.