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April 17, 2015

Microsoft & Oracle dominate mission-critical data management

A Dell survey shows that Oracle and Microsoft are the most common platforms for mission-critical data, while organisations remain focused on structured data.

By James Nunns

Dell has revealed that structured data represents at least 75% of data under management for the majority of organisations.

This is despite unstructured data and new management systems playing an increasing role in the modern data ecosystem.

The Dell survey indicated that organisations focusing on structured data is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, even though advancements in the ability to retrieve and analyse new forms of unstructured data have come to the market.

It was also revealed that one-third of organisations do not actively manage unstructured data at all.

Dell commissioned Unisphere Research to find out more about the latest trends in data management, as well as to gain insight into the adoption rates of Hadoop, NoSQL and other database technologies.

John Whittaker, executive director of product marketing, information management, Dell Software, said: "Dell’s survey shows once again that successful information management is not just about managing big data or small data, but about managing all data – regardless of its size, type or location."

"While big data and related technologies have garnered most of the hype, traditional structured data and RDBMS technologies continue to play an integral role in the data management strategies of organizations large and small."

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"As such, organizations that break down silos and focus on managing, integrating and analyzing all of their data will be the ones best positioned to benefit from the opportunity afforded by the modern data economy."

According to the survey, organisations are using a diverse selection of database platforms, with Oracle and Microsoft SQL as the most common platforms in use for mission-critical data.

Approximately 78% of respondents said that were running mission-critical data on Oracle, while 72% said they were using Microsoft SQL Server.

MySQL, IBM, DB2 and MongoDB represented the next most popular database management systems.

Despite the interest in adding more database management systems, the survey found that technologies such as NoSQL and Hadoop are not yet widespread. Only 10% said they are deploying NoSQL and 56% claimed that their companies had no plans to adopt in the next 3 years.

Similarly for Hadoop, as 20% stated that they are deploying it and 57% stated that they had no plans to incorporate it within the next 3 years.

The survey asked 300 database administrators and others that are charged with managing corporate data.

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