MultiValue database technology continues to boost a strong following of loyal supporters. This NoSQL database technology is found in many industry verticals, including retail, travel industry, oil & gas, healthcare, government, banking, and education.
Highly customized, mission-critical applications have been built on MultiValue database technology, which is sometimes called the fifth NoSQL database technology. The MultiValue database dates back to the mid-1960s, with Don Nelson and Dick Pick widely credited as the founding fathers of the technology. Also referred to as Pick or MultiDimensional, a key advantage of MultiValue, is the database structure’s use of attributes that can have multiple values, rather than one single value as with relational technology.
MultiValue software vendors continue to address emerging challenges and opportunities that are affecting the IT landscape by adding features such as support for 64-bit computing, RESTful services, and new languages, enhanced replication for HA/DR, cloud enablement, mobile access, and integration with other enterprise systems, including relational and other NoSQL database management systems.
According to a new Unisphere Research survey sponsored by Quest Software that looks at the changing role of the DBA in light of new challenges in database administration, although the emergence of a wide variety of new and significant data types that have been brought under management during the last decade has captured a lot of attention, managing structured data continues to be central to most organizations.
Companies are managing massive amounts of data and support an impressive number of database instances. As Figure 1 shows, nearly 60% of the respondents have more than 100TB of structured data under management. And, that data is spread over a lot of database instances. More than 40% of the respondents have more than 100 database instances running. Close to 20% have more than 500 database instances in operation.
To manage this data, companies use an array of database systems. Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server continue to be the overwhelming market leaders in relational database management systems (RDBMSs). But respondents also mentioned using more than 20 relational, NoSQL, or MultiValue DBMSs in their operations.
MultiValue users are facing growing challenges in the areas of security, big data, and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) when providing vertical applications to their end user base.
The latest updates from vendors seek to address these growing concerns while also staying ahead of the curve.
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