Current Trends in Database Management

Posted on: August 23rd, 2016

Trends may come and go, but many new concepts in database management have staying power, as well as the ability to greatly impact the organizations that integrate them.

Every organization wants to stay updated with the latest trends in database management as well as how to best take advantage of them to benefit their business.

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Database Management Trends

The current trends in Database Management are combined here in a nutshell:

  1. Databases that bridge SQL and NoSQL
  2. Databases in the Cloud / Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  3. An Increased focus on Security
  4. Automated Management


Databases that Bridge SQL and NoSQL

The latest trend in database products is versatility. The products don’t purely adopt a single database structure, but instead, bridge both SQL and NoSQL, giving users the best capabilities from both. For example, products that allow users to access a NoSQL database in the same way as a relational database.


Databases in the Cloud / Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Developers are continually pushing their enterprises to the cloud, and they are carefully weighing the trade-offs connected with public versus private cloud service infrastructures. They are learning how to coordinate cloud services with the existing infrastructure and applications. Cloud service providers give many opportunities to database administrators. Moving to the cloud doesn’t mean shifting organizational priorities, but instead getting services and products that help your organization meet its goals.


An Increased Focus on Security

Data security isn’t the latest trend, but ongoing retail database breaches clearly demonstrate that it is necessary for database administrators to work hand-in-hand with IT security partners to assure that all the enterprise data remains safe. The DBA’s must also work with the security team to reduce the potential internal weaknesses that could make data weak and vulnerable. This vulnerability could include issues related to network privileges, even software or hardware misconfigurations. They can be misused, resulting in data leaks.


Automated Management

One more emerging trend is automating database management. These techniques and tools aim to simplify maintenance, provisioning, patching, upgrades, updates and even project workflow. However, the trend may have confined usefulness since database management usually requires human intervention.


Integrating These Trends

Ideally, you don’t have to hurry to undertake a project based on any one of these trends. Each process or tool should link in some meaningful way with your ongoing operations.

For example, if you want to improve your security and move to the cloud, make it clear and ask yourself: Can these priorities coincide? How can you efficiently execute these trends within your organization?

There are numerous choices available, including training existing staff or expanding your team. Another option can be strategic outsourcing with a reputed and professional database management services partner such as MiCORE Solutions.

It is essential to get assistance or buy-in from executives or upper-level management for new projects and/or those that include external consulting. To achieve this, you can prepare a plan with goals that you can clearly articulate. The plan should address issues such as security and cost, and clearly define the project’s outcomes.


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