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DBA Trends Survey – Part 1 of 3 – General

DBA Trends Survey – Part 1 of 3 – General

Everybody loves to fill out surveys. Right?  Ugh I just never found the time to fill em out. But then again I had to send em back using snail mail. You remember snail mail? Right?

But some interesting stats from this research project By Dr. Elliot King


Which relational database management system platforms/brands do you have running in your organization on-premises?
SQL Server 77%
Oracle 69%

Including both relational and non-relational database management platforms, approximately how many different brands of database management systems does your organization support?
1-3 -60%
4+ -40%

What are the most important reasons for using multiple database platforms in your organization? (Multiple responses allowed.)
Performance -72%
Configuration -58%
Maintenance -49%

What is the total amount of structured data in your ON-PREMISES relational database management systems?
1B – 499TB -63%
500TB – <1PB -18%
1PB+ -16%

How fast is the volume of data under management in your ON-PREMISES relational database management systems growing annually?
0 to 25% -57%
>25%=50% -34%
>50%+ – 9%

I was a bit surprised that ONLY 16% of users responding to the survey with 1 PB+ of data. Seems like that would be easy to reach if you are keeping multiple daily, weekly,monthly backups, 7 years of data and source code and databases for testing, QA, pre-deployment, etc.