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Cloud will impact database industry most

Cloud Computing will impact the database industry more than any other upcoming technology, according to a Database Trends Survey of more than 1,200 database professionals.

Thirty-four per cent of survey respondents selected databases in the Cloud as the technology destined to wield the greatest impact on the community. Virtualisation ranked second with 27 per cent of the vote, followed by solid state disks with 15 per cent. Visual tuning was fourth with 12 per cent, and collaboration technologies earned 8 per cent in fifth place.

Conducted in Q3/2010 by Embarcadero Technologies, the study aimed to uncover the challenges faced by database professionals, plus trends influencing the database industry. The 1,200+ survey respondents were a mixture of DBAs, developers, architects, and analysts.

The findings also revealed that both performance and emergencies seem to be causing DBAs' biggest headaches from getting a good night's rest.

When asked what database-related issues cause the biggest headaches, production database performance was cited by 43 per cent of respondents, at the top of the list. Database downtime was the second-biggest DBA pain source with 38 per cent of the mentions, while 31 per cent said 'performance degradation', and 29 per cent 'worry about database server hardware performance'.

There seemed to be a general consensus among survey respondents about the biggest project challenges they face. Forty three per cent complained of 'not enough time to accomplish work tasks', 40 per cent said poor planning is a huge challenge, 33 per cent cited 'poor or no requirements', 31 per cent pointed to so-called 'scope creep', and 30 per cent feel 'burdened by slow or inefficient tools'. On the upside, more than half said their companies offer DBA or development training, and two-thirds said their organisations have invested in new technology tools for them in the past five years. 

Another trend highlighted in the study is increased interaction between DBAs and application developers, with 61 per cent of respondents saying they collaborate with application developers more than they did five years ago. This crossover is due, in part, to more production DBAs getting involved in non-production environments and traditional developers using SQL on a regular basis. The study also revealed that both parties largely believe the other trusts them and understands their needs.

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