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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Information Assurance: M.S.


Information Assurance and Information Systems


Herberger School of Business

First Advisor

Dr. Jim Q Chen

Second Advisor

Dr. Susantha Herath

Third Advisor

Dr. Balasubramanian Kasi

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Nosql, acid, base, database, consistency, scalability


This starred paper will discuss two major types of databases – Relational and NOSQL – and analyze the different models used by these databases. In particular, it will focus on the choice of the ACID or BASE model to be more appropriate for the NOSQL databases. NOSQL databases use the BASE model because they do not usually comply with ACID model, something used by relational databases. However, some NOSQL databases adopt additional approaches and techniques to make the database comply with ACID model. In this light, this paper will explore some of these approaches and explain why NOSQL databases cannot simply follow the ACID model. What are the reasons behind the extensive use of the BASE model? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of not using ACID? Particular attention will be paid to analyze if one model is better or superior to the other. These questions will be answered by reviewing existing research conducted on some of the NOSQL databases such as Cassandra, DynamoDB, MongoDB and Neo4j.


I would acknowledge this to my parents for everything they have done for me. I would also like to thank my professors for helping me through college and research.