This trend of databases migrating to the cloud will largely be due to databases used for analytics, and the SaaS model, according to Gartner.
“According to inquiries with Gartner clients, organizations are developing and deploying new applications in the cloud and moving existing assets at an increasing rate, and we believe this will continue to increase,” said Donald Feinberg, distinguished research vice president at Gartner. “We also believe this begins with systems for data management solutions for analytics (DMSA) use cases; such as data warehousing, data lakes and other use cases where data is used for analytics, AI and machine learning. Increasingly, operational systems are also moving to the cloud, especially with conversion to the SaaS application model.”
Gartner research shows that 2018 worldwide database management system (DBMS) revenue grew 18 percent to $46 billion. Cloud DBMS revenue accounts for 68 percent of that 18 percent growth. Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS) account for 75 percent of the total market growth.
Gartner says CSP ever more important
This trend reinforces that cloud service provider (CSP) infrastructures and the services that run on them are becoming the new data management platform.
Ecosystems are forming around CSPs that both integrate services within a single CSP and provide early steps toward intercloud data management. This is in distinct contrast to the on-premises approach. On-prem, individual products often serve multiple roles. However, they rarely offer their own built-in capabilities. They consequently cannot support integration with adjacent products within the deployment environment.
While Gartner research shows that there is some growth in on-premises systems, this growth is rarely from new on-premises deployments; it is generally due to price increases and forced upgrades undertaken to avoid risk.
“Ultimately, the prominence of the CSP infrastructure, its native offerings, and third-party offerings is certain,” explains Feinberg. “A recent Gartner cloud adoption survey showed that of those on the public cloud, 81 percent were using more than one CSP. The cloud ecosystem is expanding beyond the scope of a single CSP — to multiple CSPs — for most cloud consumers.”