April 5, 2016

Database Surge Led by Analytics Apps, Survey Finds

George Leopold

Growing demand for distributed applications and the corresponding adoption of scale-out and cloud databases is expected to fuel growth of Cassandra and other next-generation distributed databases, according to a new survey that also warns that a lack of data backup technologies could hinder deployments.

The technology survey released by database backup and recovery vendor Datos IO found that more organizations expect to deploy real-time, high-volume distributed applications on next-generation databases over the next several years. These production deployments focusing primarily on analytics are widely seen as the best way to harness data and fuel growth, the survey found.

San Jose-based Datos IO, which emerged from stealth mode last year and has so far raised about $15 million in equity funding, said the majority of applications deployed on next-generation databases (54 percent) would be analytics related. Others include business management applications such as supply chain management (37 percent), Internet of Things (24 percent) and security apps (22 percent).

Software-as-a-service applications also were high on the list, with 35 percent of respondents citing SaaS solutions as a leading application to be deployed on future databases.

Along with Apache and DataStax distributions of the NoSQL Cassandra distributed database management system, the survey forecasts growing deployments of MongoDB distributed databases along with cloud-native data platforms from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN).

MongoDB remains the leading choice for next-generation database deployment (46 percent) followed by Cassandra at 20 percent. Cloud-native databases such as Amazon Aurora (20 percent) and Amazon DynamoDB (19 percent) accounted for most of the other deployments, the survey found.

Indeed, cloud database adoption has been higher than expected, with a separate survey released last year putting the total at about 8.7 percent of total data sources used. When cloud databases are considered as a percentage of all databases (excluding “flat files”) that total jumps to more than 17 percent.

More than 80 percent of enterprise IT and database managers surveyed said they expect deployments of next-generation databases to double by 2018. The data protection vendor also highlighted what it claims are growing concerns about a lack of backup and recovery technologies that could slow adoption. The company noted that 61 percent of respondents expressed concern over a lack of offerings.

“To deploy and scale next-generation applications, enterprises must be sure that data can be managed and recovered over its lifecycle at scale,” Datos IO CEO and founder Tarun Thakur, asserted in a statement releasing the survey results.

The company said it surveyed more than 200 IT professionals responsible for application and database deployment across global companies ranging in size from less than 500 to more than 10,000 employees.

Datos IO was founded in 2014 to commercialize a data recovery platform targeting next-generation distributed applications running on scale-out databases.

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