TOP Database Management Systems in 2014

Oracle remains the most widely used database management system in the IT world today. Some analysts suggest that more than 1/2 of the worlds structured data is stored in an Oracle table. Pretty impressive progress for Oracle during their 25 year history. The first version of Oracle I worked with was 4.0 , the year was 1985. Pre web, pre GUI, and pre internet. It was just myself, PC-DOS, Oracle, Oracle PRO*C, and a Lattice C compiler.

I quickly realized the efficiency and flexibility in loading data into Oracle tables on my PC - unshackeld from a mainframe, downloading onto  Xenix (PC UNIX before Linux), or SCO UNIX,  rather than storing the data in a flat file structure on a mainframe and accessing it via a Cobol program running in batch mode.

So why is Oracle so popular if it is so expensive to license? Quite simply, if your organization needs to run an enterprise application, in a secure environment, and you need nearly 100% uptime with fully redundant and distributed backup and recovery, Oracle is your go-to solution.

Even so, there has been an explosion of new databases released over the past several years - both proprietary and open source. In addition, some companies also relational databases that directly challenge traditional offerings from Oracle — databases that were designed to store information in neat rows and columns on a single machine. There are also many solutions that implement open source NoSQL databases. These databases were designed to store massive amounts of information across hundreds of machines.


The organization Solid IT has tried to determine to what extent these new databases are actually being used.They have created DB-Engines, an index of the most popular databases that draws on several sources of information. The company has mined everything from LinkedIn profiles and job listings to question-and-answer sites in an effort to get a handle on what companies are using. Its monthly rankings show which databases have the most overall market share, but its new ranking for all of 2013 takes a different tack. It looks at which databases are growing the quickest.

Here are the Top 20 Databases from that list. To see the rest please visit Solid IT.

Rank  DBMS Database Model Score Changes

1.  Oracle Relational DBMS 1467.79 -0.26
2.  MySQL Relational DBMS 1296.91 -12.38
3.  MS SQL Server Relational DBMS 1226.02 +20.14
4.  PostgreSQL Relational DBMS 228.25 -2.71
5.  DB2 Relational DBMS 188.31 -2.30
6.  MongoDB Document store 178.23 -4.84
7.  MS Access Relational DBMS 174.99 +3.32
8.  SQLite Relational DBMS 97.30 -2.20
9.  Sybase Relational DBMS 94.51 -0.77
10. Cassandra Wide column 81.18 +0.67
11. Teradata Relational DBMS 61.45 -2.27
12. Solr Search engine 60.33 -2.12
13. Redis Key-value store 52.49 +0.72
14. FileMaker Relational DBMS 49.63 +1.99
15. Memcached Key-value store 35.98 -0.11
16. HBase Wide column 35.26 -0.02
17. Informix Relational DBMS 35.14 -1.46
18. Hive Relational DBMS 28.17 +1.57
19. CouchDB Document store 24.22 -1.19
20. Netezza Relational DBMS 17.76 -0.21

 

 

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