The Database World Is Big


The Database World Is Big

Keeping track of the growing number and types of database products is a full-time chore. This week I spent a few days in Vail, Colorado at the Pacific Crest Global Technology Forum. This is the 17th year that Pacific Crest Securities has sponsored the event—bringing together leading experts and companies in technology with the investment community.

A photo from my trip to Vail, CO

I’ve been invited to participate as an industry expert in private sessions to provide insight regarding the database and data visualization market. The informal conversations with other consultants are some of the the most valuable I have all year.

I decided to survey the database landscape to see what’s happened over the past year. Solid IT (a European Consulting company) maintains a ranking list of database products. I scraped their data to build a dashboard that summarizes the August 2015 rankings.

Solid IT uses a variety of public sources to assign a popularity ranking. As you can see the top three database tools are all relational database systems (Oracle, MySQL, and Microsoft SQL Server). MongoDB is the first non-transitional tool (document store) on the list.

The dashboard includes filtering, highlighting that will let you drill into categories of products or individual product details. Hyperlinks will take you to model type definitions (from Solid IT) and more details on each database. I appreciate the effort that Solid IT puts into maintaining this list.

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