New IOUG Study Examines Emerging Issues Surrounding Database Manageability

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A new research report provides information for IT managers and decision makers who are facing steadily increasingly data volumes coupled with greater demand for database services.

The opportunities and challenges for database manageability are addressed in a report on the results of a survey of 160 data managers and professionals who are part of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) and currently running Oracle Databases. The survey was underwritten by Oracle and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

According to the report, the database as a service (DBaaS) delivery model has started to take hold in IT due to the benefits it offers in terms of increased agility and its ability to help control costs associated with increasing demand for database services.

During the twelve months preceding the survey, business demand for database services as well as the associated data volumes grew by more than 20% on average, while most IT organizations are experiencing flat or shrinking budgets. Other factors such as substantial testing requirements and outdated management techniques are all contributing to a cost escalation and slow IT response.

The study, authored by Unisphere analyst Joe McKendrick points out that the ability to manage and assure round-the-clock database performance, regardless of workloads and user demands, is necessary for agility and growth. However, faster delivery of databases requires automated packaging and deployment processes, both at the initial instantiation and throughout the entire lifecycle of the databases in question including decommissioning

According to the survey, nearly two-fifths of enterprises have or are considering running database functions within a private cloud. At least 50% will use non-production systems for database as a service deployments.

The survey’s executive summary of the report titled "From Database Clouds to Big Data: 2013 IOUG Survey on Database Manageability Executive Summary" is publicly available, and the full report is available to IOUG members now at