A statement that claims that in distributed systems you cannot have consistency, availability and partition tolerance all at the same time (Wikipedia)
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An informative and entertaining speech by Kyle Kingsbury during RICON 2013 about network partitions and how NoSQL databases behave under these conditions:
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Most users at one time or another have dealt with hierarchical data in a SQL database and no doubt learned that the management of hierarchical data is not what a relational database is intended for. The tables of a relational database are not hierarchical (like XML), but are simply a flat list. Hierarchical data has a parent-child relationship that is not naturally represented in a relational database table. [read more]
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In partitioned databases, trading some consistency for availability can lead to dramatic improvements in scalability.