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Essential NoSQL Capabilities in MySQL Databases

Srinivasa Krishna | | August 27, 2019

Previously, you had to choose between MySQL and NoSQL, or manage both of them at the same time, if you wanted the capabilities in both. With MySQL 8.0, NoSQL is now available in this database management solution. Here are some of the features offered through MySQL document store.

Ultimate flexibility: Your development team no longer needs to make the hard decision on whether to use a schema-less or relational database. There’s no need to rewire your application from the scratch to support the NoSQL functionality, can be ported easily with minimal/no application code changes from SQL to NoSQL.

Streamlined applications: If you had to use multiple databases to get the NoSQL and MySQL capabilities necessary for your application, you can streamline that down.

Mix and match data and documents: The development team gets to use relational data and JSON documents in the same application or database.

Query results in multiple formats: Get results in JSON, table or tab formats for your convenience.

Multi-document transaction support: The database transactions can apply to more than one document, which can speed up operations and provide better performance.

ACID compliance: This compliance measure requires four components, namely Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, and Durability. The NoSQL capabilities in MySQL meet all of these criteria.

InnoDB storage engine: This powerful storage engine provides comparable reliability and consistency to your relational data in MySQL.

High availability: The combination of InnoDB Cluster and MySQL Group Replication offers a powerful foundation for scaling up your databases and applications as needed. You have the assurance that the documents are going to be available every time they’re needed.

Customizable backup: You can use MySQL Enterprise Backup with your NoSQL databases. All of the backup operations are supported, including Point in Time recovery.

CRUD operations: You can easily work with the data in JSON documents through CRUD APIs that make it simple to manage everything.

Schema-less databases: The main selling point of NoSQL is the fact that it’s schema-less. This type of database structure offers a lot of flexibility in the way that you work with data. You can add multiple types of data to a database and don’t need a strict database design.

Native JSON Support: JSON documents are natively supported in MySQL now, and have automated validation.

X Protocol plugins and tools: Several X Protocol plugins are available in MySQL as a way to easily work with NoSQL databases. You have access to the plugin, DevAPI, shell and connectors.

NoSQL being part of MySQL offers many advantages to your organization. Your developers have so many more options when it comes to simplifying databases, bringing applications to market, and having the flexibility to choose exactly what they need. Your database administrators will appreciate fewer databases to work with and the familiar MySQL management tools that are available. No one ends up being stretched too thin or working with technology they’re unfamiliar with.

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