In recent years, the no-SQL group of non-relational databases have been picking up a lot of momentum and press. Unfortunately, most users are still picking SQL-relational or non-relational databases impetuously or based on misinformation, rather than analyzing what their application needs.
In this whirlwind presentation, Josh Berkus will go over why you might want a relational database or not, and what kinds or non-relational databases are available and what tasks they do well.
Josh Berkus is best known as a Core Team member of the world-spanning PostgreSQL database project. He contributes to a variety of other open source projects, events and campaigns, including government open data, OSCON, pgCon, BIRT, open source voting, Perl, and several application projects. Josh is president of PostgreSQL Experts, Inc., a database consulting company. In his "spare time" he cooks, reviews restaurants, and makes pottery.