The World According to DBAs

The World According to DBAs

Large Companies Use HadoopLarge Companies Use Hadoop

66% of respondents using Hadoop work at companies with more than 1,000 people. 60% of respondents using Hadoop run more than 100 databases. 45% run more than 500 databases.

Current and Future Hadoop UsersCurrent and Future Hadoop Users

15% of respondents use Hadoop, 5% are in the process of deploying it, but 60% have no plans to use it in the future.

Database DiversityDatabase Diversity

Respondents mentioned 20 different relational database management systems, including Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2 LUW and SAP Sybase ASE.

Oracle and Microsoft DominateOracle and Microsoft Dominate

70% of respondents run critical data on Oracle. 72% use Microsoft SQL Server. 25% use IBM DB2 LUW.

NoSQL AcceptedNoSQL Accepted

MongoDB users in large companies show the acceptance of NoSQL technology. 70% of all MongoDB users run more than 100 databases, 30% run more than 500 databases, and nearly 60% of MongoDB users are in companies with more than 5,000 employees.

DBAs Juggle Multiple DatabasesDBAs Juggle Multiple Databases

50% of DBAs manage more than 25 databases each. 10% manage more than 100 databases each.

Many VendorsMany Vendors

70% of respondents said DBAs are responsible for managing databases from at least two vendors. 7% said DBAs manage five or more databases supplied by different vendors.

Impact of Non-Relational DatabasesImpact of Non-Relational Databases

Does the potential growth of NoSQL technology mean DBAs will be responsible for them? Or will a new job emerge claiming NoSQL stewardship? 66% of respondents that had deployed Hadoop or NoSQL said DBAs manage them.

Data Challenges Facing DBAsData Challenges Facing DBAs

As companies use more data types from more sources, complexity and risk are escalating. According to respondents, the top three challenges for the next three years are: Overall growth of data: structured and unstructured (66%), Improving data security (55%), Implementing databases running on the cloud (37%)

Most Significant Technology TrendsMost Significant Technology Trends

The top three technology trends that will have the most impact on database administration during the next three years are: Cloud (64%), Virtualization (48%), Big data (47%)

Database Administration ChallengesDatabase Administration Challenges

The top three challenges DBAs face in terms of basic administration over the next three years are: Need to learn new technologies (54%), Shrinking IT budgets (49%), Need to manage more databases per DBA (46%)

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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