NoSQL Data Management in the Cloud

The course

The rapidly increasing volumes of data that are being generated by a very diverse range of applications has led to problems for traditional RDBMS data management solutions. This has led to the development of the somewhat disparate NoSQL movement in which non-relational databases are used, typically to deal with particularly large volumes of data. This one-day course focuses on the use of NoSQL databases in cloud applications considering their motivation, characteristics, classification, and how they can be used for data storage and retrieval. In particular, the course focuses on a data stack running Hadoop MapReduce with Cassandra NoSQL.


    • Evolution of/motivation for NoSQL databases
    • Characterization of NoSQL databases
    • Classification of NoSQL databases
    • Popularity/usage of NoSQL systems
    • The Hadoop ecosystem
    • Using MapReduce
    • Demonstration of configuring and running a multi-node Hadoop and Pig system with Cassandra NoSQL

What you will learn

This course will give the attendees a good overview of NoSQL systems, how they have evolved and contexts in which they are useful and preferable to traditional SQL systems. The attendees will also learn through demonstrated example how to configure a Hadoop/Pig/Cassandra system on EC2, populate it with data and query it.

Intended audience

The course is targeted at technology decision makers including CTOs, technical architects and senior software engineers. Note that the intended audience is primarily industry - applications from academia will be considered if there is availability.


The cost of attending the course is €50.


Dr Sean Murphy is a Senior Research fellow in the School of Computer Science and Informatics at UCD with background in Wireless Communications, Mobile Applications and Cloud Technologies.

Dr Lamine Aouad is a Researcher with the Cybercrime Investigation Centre at UCD with background in High Performance Computing and Cloud Computing.


The course will take place on Thursday 24th of May 2012 from 9.30am-5pm in NovaUCD. [Map]

Further information

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Click here to sign up - registration is open until Friday, May 18th 2012.


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