Create an RDBMS-free App

The general thinking is that when you create a new application, your data will be persisted into an RDBMS like SQL Server. But with the advent of NoSQL solutions, document databases, key-value stores and other options, do you really need an RDBMS for your application? In this session we’ll look at some alternatives to your persistence solution by looking at utilizing NoSQL solutions like Mongo, search services like Solr, key-value stores and other approaches to data persistence. By the end of this session, you’ll rethink how your applications will store data in the future.

David Hoerster

David Hoerster, a 5-time C# MVP, is a recovering corporate financial analyst and has been working with the Microsoft.NET Framework since the early 1.0 betas. He is the Sr. Solutions Architect for Confluence, a managed investments software product company. David is the conference chair of Pittsburgh TechFest, the leader of the Pittsburgh Reactive Systems user group (, the former president of the Pittsburgh .NET User’s Group (PGHDOTNET) and is also a regular speaker at Pittsburgh and regional user group and community conference events. David can be found rarely blogging at and tweets occasionally at @DavidHoerster.