There is a lot of discussion about how Big Data and unstructured data will soon rule the work of databases. Despite all the hype, a recent survey of database deployments shows the traditional structured relational database management system (RDBMS) still reigns in the business world. It doesn’t seem to indicate a large established user base is dwindling lead while upstarts like Apache Hadoop and the new NoSQL databases are making inroads to the market. In a new survey commissioned by Dell Software, it is revealed that the use of traditional structured data is growing even faster than unstructured data.
Dell commissioned Unisphere Research to poll some 300 database administrators and other corporate data staffers in a report titled “The Real World of the Database Administrator.”
Dell said more than two-thirds of enterprises reported that structured data constitutes 75 percent of the data being managed, while almost one-third of organizations reported not managing unstructured data at all. There are many indications that organizations will widely adopt the new technologies, Dell said, as they need to support new analytical use cases.
Dell highlighted two specific indicators of the growing dependence on NoSQL databases, especially in large organizations:
- Approximately 70 percent of respondents using MongoDB are running more than 100 databases, 30 percent are running more than 500 databases, and nearly 60 percent work for companies with more than 5,000 employees.
- About 60 percent of respondents currently using Hadoop are running more than 100 databases, 45 percent are running more than 500 databases, and approximately two-thirds work for companies with more than 1,000 employees.