The Cloud Database Report
News, insights, and analysis on the fast-changing cloud database market
By: John Foley
Welcome to the Cloud Database Report. In this premiere edition, we lay the foundation for our ongoing coverage and analysis of the cloud database market—the vendors, cloud database platforms, emerging technologies, trends, and business use cases. We will provide in-depth analysis, starting with this Cloud Database Report 1.0, as well as weekly news and insights published on CloudWars.co.
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Why launch the Cloud Database Report? And who should read it? The traditional database market is quickly morphing into the cloud database market, and it’s a game changer not just for the tech industry, but for developers, database managers, data scientists, business users, and the entire data ecosystem.
Cloud databases have many advantages over on-premises databases. They are easier to build and deploy, more secure, and can be distributed geographically for policy compliance and redundancy. And cloud databases can be automated and fully managed by cloud database providers, freeing IT teams to drive innovation and new development.
It’s notable that the widely used relational database reached a milestone in 2020 when it turned 50 years old. While many other technologies have come and gone, relational databases are not only still relevant, but more essential than ever. They manage operational data, transactions, customer records, and analytics for organizations around the world every minute of every day.
It’s not an overstatement to say that databases—relational, graph, key-value, document, time-series, wide-column, in-memory, and other kinds—are more critical to businesses today than yesterday. And they will be even more so tomorrow.
Cloud databases are rising up the adoption curve quickly. Here are a few proof points:
- Gartner estimates that 75% of all databases will be deployed or migrated to the cloud by 2022.
- Snowflake reported revenue growth of 115%, to $148.5 million, in Q3 of FY2021, compared to a year ago.
- AWS’s Aurora database is the fastest-growing service in the history of AWS.
The pace of change in data management is accelerating, both because more data than ever is being generated and because business and IT decision makers are keenly aware that “big data” represents tremendous value if they are able to capitalize on it. Their goal is to gain insights and drive innovation and actions—product development, customer acquisition, supply chain execution, sales.
For many, cloud databases represent a faster, better, and cheaper way to do that.
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