Room to Grow for NoSQL and Hadoop
Although respondents indicated interest in adding more database management systems to achieve a multitude of benefits, the adoption of technologies such as NoSQL and Hadoop is not yet truly widespread.
Only 10 percent of respondents mentioned they are currently using or deploying a NoSQL database, while 56 percent of respondents claim their companies do not have plans to adopt one within the next three years.
The results are similar for Hadoop with approximately 20 percent of organisations surveyed currently using or deploying Hadoop, with 57 percent indicating their companies have no plans to incorporate Hadoop technology within the next three years.
However, Whittaker says the survey does provide many indicators that more widespread adoption of these newer platforms may in fact be soon to come.
The need to support new analytical use cases, which increasingly involves unstructured data and big data technologies, was cited as the most important factor driving adoption of new database management systems, with the need for greater flexibility and performance closely behind.
In addition, the appearance of MongoDB as one of the five most commonly used systems indicates a growing acceptance of NoSQL technology. The indicators are particularly strong for larger, enterprise organisations.
Of note, Whittaker claims that 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.
Similarly, 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.
Evolving role of the Database Administrator
As modern information infrastructure continues to evolve, Whittaker believes so too will the role of the DBA.
According to the Dell survey, a growing number of DBAs are now responsible for managing both relational and non-relational database technologies, a trend that will likely continue as Hadoop and NoSQL become more common in the enterprise.
For example, among respondents in companies with both Hadoop and NoSQL installed, DBAs are responsible for managing the non-relational technologies 72 percent of the time.
Furthermore, roughly 70 percent of the respondents said the DBAs in their organisations were responsible for managing databases from at least two vendors, while 7 percent indicated they were responsible for managing databases from five or more vendors.