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2014 State Of Database Tech: Think Retro

Joe Masters Emison for InformationWeek:

Today’s database landscape isn’t just static. It’s positively retro. Remember 2004? Facebook had just launched, the iPad wasn’t even a twinkle in Steve Jobs’ eye, and Gartner’s database market share report put IBM (34.1%), Oracle (33.7%), and Microsoft (20%) in the top spots. In our survey, Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM still hold the top spots; we do add MySQL, but that’s about it for innovation. […]

And those relational databases from Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM? They’re essentially just updated versions of the companies’ 2004 offerings.

You’ll see these numbers in many surveys. But there are a couple of things to keep in mind while reading them:

  1. the enterprise world is well-known to be a late adopter. A very late adopter actually.
  2. many of these databases are subscription based so customers are locked-in on at least an yearly basis
  3. many of these databases have been acquired together with hardware and consultancy/support. Another type of lock-in.
  4. none of these databases is showing the growth in demand, jobs, and revenue that the top NoSQL databases are seeing for the last 12-18 months.

When you already bought a house, it’s quite difficult to go out looking for a new one. But there’s no good reason for you not to look and get the best appliances and furniture for your house.

Original title and link: 2014 State Of Database Tech: Think Retro (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)