These are interesting times in the field of data management. In the view of many IT experts we have entered a new world of database specialization.
For many years, the relational database remained the undisputed hero of data management, with the only contest front taking place between the reigning RDBMS leaders and some innovative open source challengers. But that has all changed in recent years.
Today, while the relational database remains the dominant database management system, the field is growing more competitive. There is an increasing acceptance of the idea that today there is no-one-size-fits-all answer to data management.
NoSQL, NewSQL, in-memory databases, and cloud database—or database as a service approaches—are increasingly coming to the fore to address a dizzying array of new requirements posed by the massive influx of unstructured data known as big data, the Internet of Things, and requirements posed by e-commerce and mobile applications. At the same time, existing relational database companies are adding new features to address these new demands. As time goes on, companies will see what works and what doesn’t in terms of database technologies. These are still the early days of the big data era.
Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database (Overall):
Winner: Microsoft SQL Server