Thrudb: Better Storage?
"Data on the web is often fluid and loosely structured and it is becoming increasingly difficult to fit this data into a fixed database schema which is amended over time. A simple example of this is tagging. The many-to-many relationship of tags is difficult to query efficiently using tables and SQL, such that ad-hoc solutions are required.
Also, web data is often "mashed up" and viewed together (e.g. Facebook profile) or viewed spatially (e.g. Google maps + event data).
In order to provide this new kind of data flexibility the web is moving towards a document-oriented data model, where records aren’t grouped by their structure but by their attributes.
There are also standard data-oriented issues like indexing, caching, replication and backups, which are left for "later" but are never easy to implement when it’s time to do it. There are a number of great of open source solutions to these problems, but they require proper integration and configuration. These components end up being learned over time and learned by trial and error.
Thrudb, therefore, is an attempt to simplify the modern web data layer and provide the features and tools most web-developers need. These features can be easily configured or turned off."
Looks very cool. I am going to try this out as soon as I get hold of my developer box tomorrow morning.
Thrudb talks about the following features:
• Client libraries for most languages
• Multi-master replication
• Incremental backups and redo logging
• Multiple storage backends (S3 included)
• Built for horizontal scalability
• Simple and powerful search api (Lucene)