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14 Game Changing Database Trends for 2016: Page 2

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Storage Engine Diversity

"There are these general-purpose storage engines that handle your persistence and in some cases handle replication," said Mackey, pointing to offerings such as RocksDB and LevelDB. "Implementing the database itself is really a matter of creating an API for the developer and structuring what's stored in those engines.

"InfluxDB is one we really like for time series," he said. "Time series is a problem for everyone, and InfluxDB looks like the future of databases to us. ... It becomes a very quick way to ship a database and solve a specific problem. You'll see even MongoDB can handle different storage engines now."

Containerization for Databases

Most of the hoopla around Docker and containers has centered around cloud-native application development, but containerization for databases and other enterprise applications is expected to be the next wave.

Couchbase Server can run under Docker using Triton, Joyent's Docker container service. And the latest release of the MySQL relational database MariaDB includes support for Docker containers.

Meanwhile, Robin Systems uses containerization with Linux enterprise applications such as Hadoop and MySQL, a strategy DH2i takes with Windows environments, to provide the isolation required for server multi-tenancy and to reduce server sprawl.

Handling Hybrid Database Deployments

Hybrid cloud environments still predominate in enterprise IT, with mission-critical data and applications kept on-premise and less sensitive ones running on public clouds.

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Newer databases such as Couchbase, MongoDB, Riak, VoltDB, NuoDB and others give users the choice of on-premise or cloud deployment, with the option to move from one cloud to another.

Gartner's Adam Ronthal has projected that through 2019, 70 percent of new projects requiring scale-out elasticity, distributed processing and hybrid cloud capabilities for relational applications, as well as multi-data-center transactional consistency, will prefer an emerging database system over a traditional one.

Database Proliferation, Consolidation

Antony Falco, CEO and co-founder of database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider Orchestrate, has said he believes there are at least 35  databases in production that didn't exist 10 years ago.

New ones keep cropping up, such as CockroachDB, which just entered public beta after parent company Cockroach Lab raised $20 million in October.

For many new entrants, differentiating themselves from the pack will be a major issue. The NoSQL market will consolidate by 2018, Gartner predicts, with only a few independents growing to sufficient size to remain competitive.

Consolidation has already begun, with Orchestrate snapped up by CenturyLink, DataStax buying TitanDB, Apple acquiring FoundationDB and IBM loading up with buyouts of DBaaS vendors Cloudant and Compose.

Susan Hall has been a journalist for more than 20 years at news outlets including the the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dallas Times Herald and MSNBC.com. She writes for Dice.com and FierceHealthIT, among other publications.

This article was originally published on April 27, 2016
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