As we can see in the technology industry for the last couple of decades, trends come and go every now and then. However, when it comes to database management, many of the trends don’t seem to be just fly-by things, but with staying power. We have seen the powerful relational database or SQL database as to how it stayed on top for a couple of decades now. Now, for the last few years, we see many new trends in DBA, and the businesses are on the lookout for finding the best solutions to take advantage of. On a quick overview, the top 2019 trends in terms of database management are:
- The SQL-NoSQL bridging
- Cloud-based Database-as-a-Service platforms
- Automated DBA.
- Increased focus on DB security.
Let’s look into these in a bit more detail.
- SQL – NoSQL bridging
Latest database trends are not embracing a single database strategy but tend to consider a better database structure with a fine combination of the conventional SQL and new-age NoSQL DBMS practices. It gives the users better capabilities in terms of cost and time criticality in database administration. This bridging also includes many products allowing the business users to now access the NoSQL DBs in the same manner as of relational databases which they are accustomed to.
- Cloud DB and PaaS
As the developers have leniency towards cloud-based platforms, organizations are also shifting towards public vs. private cloud services. Apart from the platform as a service, the cloud is also now offering solutions in terms of infrastructure as a service and also DBaaS (Database-as-a-Service). The approach now is to merge existing applications to cloud-based infrastructure. The cloud services now offer many options to the database admins. Moving on to the cloud doesn’t require any major changes in the organizational priorities, but by identifying appropriate services and products, it will essentially help organizations to meet their goals.
- Automated DB management
Another major trend in 2019 is the automation of database management. There are many automation tools and techniques, which makes the administration and maintenance of the database much easier even without the help of a skilled DBA. The tools available on modern-day DBaaS platforms simplify the tasks of DB maintenance, provisioning, patching, upgrades, and updates, etc. much easier through automation. The automated workflow will also help save a lot of time and cost in turn. However, this trend of automation still has only limited usefulness as DBA always require human intervention to ensure perfection.
- Focus on DB security
Data security was always a prime concern, and this trend is further solidifying as years pass by. Many of recent database breaches at the US organizations also clearly demonstrate the importance of database security. The DBAs need to work hand-in-hand with all the IT stakeholders and users in order to ensure the safety of the enterprise databases. We need to consider any data store to be vulnerable and take measures to cover all possible security risks.
DBAs also need to work in close association with the security team in order to eliminate any potential flaw in the system, which could pose the thread of data vulnerability. Some of these issues may also include by not limited to:
- Network privileges
- Hardware failures
- Software misconfigurations
- Data access privileges etc., which all could result is probable data leakage.
What we have hit here are some of the major highlights in terms of database trends in 2019. You can get a detailed trend analysis at the website of RemoteDBA.com, which will help you in taking a better decision towards database adoption and maintenance plans. Further, let’s look into some of the most popular database management software to consider in 2019.
Top database management software
A Database Management Software is something that helps not only in storing your database, but also to ensure its security. The modern-day DB management software offers not only the primary features of storage, safeguarding, and retrieval, but also advanced features like a graphical representation of data, analytical capabilities, and data visualization for the purpose of business intelligence, etc. to name a few.
These new-age tools also will help reduce data redundancy and ensure optimum throughput and efficiency of business data. Some of those we discuss here are open source, and some others are premium services with advanced features. You may choose one based on your requirement and usage.
#1. Oracle Relational Database Management System
Oracle RDBMS is now one of the topmost object-relational DBMS. The latest release of Oracle DBMS is version 12c, in which the ‘c’ represents cloud. Oracle database can support Windows, Linux and UNIX versions. The database is highly secured, occupies only less space by being cloud-based, and also can significantly reduce the CPU time for data processing. It’s a premium tool, but fully worth for the investment.
It exists as the top database management system for many years, in fact, decades, now. The latest version of MySQL is 8 and built on C and C++. It can work well on Windows and Linux. A few additional features on the latest version are high-speed data processing, triggers used to increase productivity, rollback in data recovery, etc. Its also a commercial tool and scaling up is too costly.
#3. IBM DB2
Actually, developed back in 1983, the latest release of IBM DB2 is 11.1. The programming languages used to write are C and C++. It can also support multiple OS like Windows, Linux, and UNIX, etc. Some of the major features of the latest IBM DB2 11.1 version include, but not limited to easy installation and set-up, easy accessibility, the capacity to store huge data volume in terms of petabytes.
#4. Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft SQL Server was first released back in 2989. The latest version of it came out in 2016, for which the languages used as Assembly C, C++ as well as Linux. It can; however, work on both Linux and Windows OS. The major features include but not limited to compatibility with Oracle to offer efficient workload management. It can also allow multi-user access to the same database. It’s paid software.
Apart from these, the other top 2019 database choices as paid and open source include but not limited to SAP Sybase ASE, Teradata, Cloudera, ADABAS, Microsoft Access, MariaDB, Informix, SQLite, OrientDB, PostgreSQL, Redis, Amazon RDS, MongoDB, CouchDB, Neo4j, Couchbase, Toad, phpMyAdmin, SQL Developer, Sequel PRO, Robomongo, FileMaker, DbVisualizer, Hadoop HDFS, Informix Dynamic Servers, 4D etc.