The future of database is in the cloud

Unsurprisingly, a Gartner report is predicting that three quarters of all databases will reside in the cloud by 2022. Only five percent of migration will remain on premises.According to Donald Feinberg, Distinguished Research Vice President of Gartner, organisations are developing and deploying new applications in the cloud and moving existing assets at an increasing rate, and “we believe this will continue to increase.”

“We also believe this begins with systems for data management solutions for analytics (DMSA) use cases — such as data warehousing, data lakes and other use cases where data is used for analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Increasingly, operational systems are also moving to the cloud, especially with conversion to the SaaS application model,” he said.

Worldwide database management system (DBMS) revenue grew 18.4 percent to US$46 billion in 2018. Cloud DBMS revenue accounts for 68 percent of that growth with Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS) dominating with three quarters of total market growth. This trend reinforces that cloud service provider (CSP) infrastructures and the services that run on them are becoming the new data management platform.

While there is some growth in on-premises systems, this growth is rarely from new on-premises deployments. It is generally due to price increases and forced upgrades undertaken to avoid risk.

“Ultimately what this shows is that the prominence of the CSP infrastructure, its native offerings, and the third-party offerings that run on them is assured. A recent Gartner cloud adoption survey showed that of those on the public cloud, 81 percent were using more than one CSP. The cloud ecosystem is expanding beyond the scope of a single CSP — to multiple CSPs — for most cloud consumers,” said Feinberg.

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