Open Source is a powerful source in the technology industry, and that was validated recently when even Microsoft embraced the open source market by announcing SQL Server will eventually be available on Linux. So while Microsoft may have strengthened its offering in this area, its competitors have been in this market for some time and might now be wondering if there is room for everyone in this area. The database market is expected to grow from about $46bn globally today to around $50.1bn next year. Much of that growth will probably be in smaller product shares growing, specifically around NoSQL databases and other non-relational or distributed database solutions.
There are numerous differences between SQL and NoSQL databases, for example SQL databases are table based while NoSQL are document based. This just means is that SQL databases are capable of representing data in the form of tables which consist of rows of data, and NoSQL databases do not have standard schema definitions that need to be followed so they can easily deal with unstructured data. With unstructured data growing by 56% per year, compared to 12% a year for structured data, companies are starting to pay more attention to NoSQL solutions.
Leading SQL databases
Oracle – Oracle is the market leader in the database sector dominating over 40% of it. The company’s latest database version is 12c, with the c standing for cloud. The database took four years to develop and offers features such as database consolidation, query optimization, performance tuning, high availability, partitioning, backup and recovery and numerous others.
Microsoft SQL Server – Considered the second most widely deployed database, Microsoft’s SQL Server 2016 will include capabilities such as real-time operational analytics, rich visualizations, built-in advanced analytics, security technologies and hybrid scenarios that will let customers extend data storage to the cloud.
You should invest more time in understanding the difference between SQL and NoSQL database, and why you might need one solution over the other at your company. You can read more here.