One of the most complicated aspects of putting together our database landscape map was dealing with the growing number of (particularly NoSQL) databases that refuse to be pigeon-holed in any of the primary databases categories.
I have begun to refer to these as “multi-model databases” in recognition of the fact that they are able to take on the characteristics of multiple databases. In truth though there are probably two different groups of products that could be considered “multi-model”:
True multi-model databases that have been designed specifically to serve multiple data models and use-cases
FoundationDB, which is being designed to support ACID and NoSQL, but more to the point …