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3 Key Trends in the DBMS Market


The top 3 trends in DBMS include market consolidation, moving beyond OLTP, and distributed computing - we examine them in detail.



Guest post by Dr. Michael Waclawiczek (NuoDB), May 3, 2014.

There are 3 key trends going on in the DBMS market:

  1. The DBMS market is consolidating. 
    For example, out of dozens and dozens of startup DBMS companies, Gartner stripped the competitive landscape down to just 19 players to watch in its first ever Operational DBMS Magic Quadrant. It put all of them in or (very close to) the niche vendor quadrant.  Only the four traditional vendors (Oracle, SAP, IBM and Microsoft) are slotted into the coveted upper right quadrant – the leader’s corner. Operational DBMS Magic Quadrant

    If Oracle’s falling quarterly financial reports are any indication, this quadrant is the land of 30-year-old technology that is steadily being supplanted by upstarts hungering for motion up and to the right. Gartner typically updates their MQ analyses every 12 months however they will refresh this first-time-ever MQ next June. You can see the pattern. Lots of movement, consolidation underway, changes to come.

  2. It’s not your grandfather’s OLTP anymore. 
    Call it what you will (NewSQL is our favorite; 451’s Matt Aslett invented the term; Phil Howard also refers to NewSQL; Gartner calls it operational DBMS; Enrico Signoretti just says “sexy!”), handling transactions is simply not enough any more.

    New requirements – from real time operational intelligence – to the ability to handle new apps (think smartphones, think social media) – to an absolute requirement for both elastic scalability and continuous availability – are all part of a mandatory switch from pure transaction processing to operational DBMS.

  3. Don’t despair… distribute! 
    OK, it’s self-serving to say deploying a single, logical database in multiple locations at the same time is an essential requirement for DBMS in 2014. Self-serving because NuoDB is the only solution that can do this with SQL/ACID. But, never mind, when you take a look at what the analysts and pundits are saying, they may use different words but they mean gotta have “geo-distribution.”

    Here’s why. A truly distributed DBMS with ACID transactional guarantees addresses the pain points I mentioned above. Among these the most notable are on-demand capacity, continuous availability and geo-distributed operation also providing low latency and automatic redundancy. Traditional designs unfortunately deliver much less than those promised advantages and involve costs, complexities and/or functional limitations that limit their usefulness and general applicability. And, some of the newer solutions lack the familiarity of SQL (no retraining required) and ACID guarantees.
Geo Database Michael WaclawiczekDr. Michael Waclawiczek is VP of Marketing & Operations at NuoDB. He has over 29 years of experience in the enterprise software industry, and launched over 20 major software products generating over $1B in total revenue. He has held several executive and senior management positions at many private and public companies. Previously, Michael was Asst. Professor at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, where he also received MS and Doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

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