Tshepo Manaka, an analyst programmer in the integration team at Woolworths Holdings, South Africa, was responsible for development and configuration of the DataPower appliance. The DataPower appliance was used for integration of data between Woolworths South Africa and external units; it worked as a multi-protocol gateway.
Ricardo Lasa, CEO and co-founder of SiteWit Corporation, and his team faced a critical technology challenge in scaling the core database systems to meet rapidly escalating data volumes. Should he stick with well-known relational database technologies? Or should he re-implement core components in newer, highly distributed NoSQL databases in search of competitive advantages?