Solve 'big data' problems with a MySQL cluster, NoSQL

Can relational and NoSQL databases work well together? Craigslist made it happen with a MySQL cluster and MongoDB.

How does Craigslist manage not only the incredible amount of postings that inundate the site on a daily basis, but also deal with the billion and a half records that the company must archive and maintain for compliance reasons? It's a "big data" problem on a massive scale, and it's a problem that pushes standard relational database systems beyond their bounds.


In this interview, 10Gen Inc.'s Samantha Kosko tells the story of how Craigslist brought together a MySQL cluster and NoSQL technologies. The company went on to create a flexible, manageable and scalable system that not only meets the relational demands of its front end systems, but also meets the nonrelational demands of its back end.

This was last published in January 2013

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