DBAs' New Toys: Database Platforms Today, On the Wish List and Around the Corner

 Birthday presents as a kid were the best. There stood a pile of perfectly wrapped boxes with cool stuff inside, and you couldn’t wait to dig in and start playing ― and eat tons of cake.

For DBAs, the introduction of new technologies is akin to the excitement associated with the undiscovered mystery of those shiny, new presents. But are those new toys really getting used?

A new report from Quest and Unisphere Research provides real insights from database administrators. See how your experiences compare when you download your complimentary copy of the report.


To better understand real use of new technologies, we asked 300 DBAs about their “old toys” and how they’re incorporating the new ones. Here’s what we found: 


  • “The big kids get all the cool stuff.” While Hadoop and NoSQL are exciting new technologies, their use currently is confined primarily to large companies. The traditional database management systems still provide the foundation for the information management infrastructure in most organizations.


  • “Hey, I had this last year.” Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server are still the most common platforms to support mission-critical data.


  • “But I like my old bike.”  Most enterprises believe that more familiar technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing will have more impact on their organization over the next several years than newer emerging technologies such as Hadoop.


  • “I have so many toys, I don’t know what to do!” Most companies run multiple databases, and are open to adding new database platforms if there is a need to do so. The most common motivating factor is the need to support new analytical applications.


  • “It was in my room, but now it’s gone!” Security is becoming an increasingly important item on their agendas, however, DBAs spend less time on security issues than they do on supporting database development.


  • “Mom! Have you seen the instructions?” While the introduction of emerging technologies is exciting and welcomed, a key challenge for DBAs is learning how to use them. The impact and benefits they may have cannot be discovered if the appropriate parties can’t put them to use.


What seems to be clear is that DBAs have a definite interest in exploring new technology, but it may be advancing at a rate that exceeds their appropriate learning curve and need. Do these findings reflect your experience? Which database brands are you using in your organization? 

To download the complete study, check out “The Real World of the Database Administrator.”

Now that we know which platforms are being used (and which ones are not), our next post will explore which types of data DBAs like you are managing these days. The answers may surprise you!