After many years of relying mainly on relational database management systems in on-premise data centers, organizations are finding viable additional options in the form of cloud computing deployments and newer NoSQL options, a new study finds.
Cloud computing options have provided the possibility to host some database-centric applications that typically would be hosted in an on-premises data center. And, at the same time, internet-scale applications, such as social media, the networking of smartphones and tablets, and the growth of the Internet of Things, have led to workloads that pose difficulties for relational databases.
The study, titled “Emerging Alternatives for Data Management” was produced by Unisphere Research.
Among the survey’s key findings are that:
- Relational databases remain both the biggest source of transactional data in most organizations and the greatest source of growth for transactional data. Almost three quarters (74%) of the respondents said relational databases generate the most transactional data in their organizations. More than half (54%) of respondents also said that relational databases are the fastest growing source of transactional data.
- Scalability was seen by 71% of the respondents as the primary advantage for storing data in the cloud.
- Over the next 3 years, 60% of the respondents plan to store more data in the cloud than on premise.
- Of those not yet storing any data in the cloud, 68% of the respondents tabbed security as their greatest concern.
- Most organizations feel that they must save at least 25% in operational costs in order to justify migrating an application to the cloud.
- The use of NoSQL is an emerging trend with roughly 60% of the applications running on NoSQL for 2 years or less.
- NoSQL’s growth will be driven by specific applications and increasing expertise.
The relentless growth of data has put scalability of the data infrastructure on the top of many IT departments’ agendas and the elasticity of cloud implementations is a highly attractive feature, cited by more than 70% of respondents to the Unisphere survey. The second key benefit of the cloud for those who have already started to use it is overall cost savings, followed by a variety of opportunities, including utilization of resources and cost efficiency, the survey found.
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