SQL or No?: Relational and Non-Relational Databases

sqltestMany cloud applications are not complete without a database storing information. Traditionally, relational databases like MySQL and Oracle provide the needed tools; although, with the advent of non-relational or distributed databases (more commonly known as NoSQL), various alternative options have arrived to counter the conventional SQL solution.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is one company that capitalized on the wealth of database options, providing users with multiple services for database management. However, before we delve into the differences between AWS database options, just what is a relational database? And what does NoSQL really mean? (more…)