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What is Relational Databases?

The purpose of Relational Database Management (RDBMS) is to maintain various digital software system databases. Querying and maintaining aspects of the database is achieved by using SQL, (Structured Query Language) which is universally accepted by almost all relational database systems. An RDMBS manages, builds and deploys applications located onsite or in the cloud. The digital space has a lot of competition and finding the best RDBMS requires IT experts to source the most comprehensive technology.

According to IT Central Station IT professionals, operational performance, (OLTP, DWH - ETL) security, support for developer APIs, and MDX support are among the most important RDMBS features. Scalability and modeling must be easy to use, and responsive vendor support is especially desirable. Data capacity, integration, and speed are integral to the needs of IT and DevOps.

Because IT managers have multiple needs within RDMBS, criteria for choosing a vendor requires the strictest data integrity and offer project specifications such as, “[a] distributed SQL database that has a flexible deployment model allowing the [team] to run the database on a single server machine, across machines in a data center or public cloud, and even on a global basis (across multiple data centers) without having to architect a new solution for each use case.”

IT Central Station IT and Devops managers are clear about how RDMBSs and their many features can function in an enterprise environment to be best leveraged in DevOps. There is a need for parallel distribution and parallel computing when evaluating performance.

One topic that is frequently discussed is, “transactional atomicity.” With all the moving parts in Relational Databases, the granular can become the springboard for success. These include loading and unloading data, meeting performance and recovery time objectives and adherence to standards.

IT Central Station developers have specific standards and would choose RDMBS based on whether the “DB comes with a mature BI stack.” RDMBS has many variables. IT Central Station users chose Relational Databases based on a number of criteria. IT Central Station’s offerings are complete and wide-ranging for the needs of IT and DevOps teams looking for agile excellence.


Best Relational Database Software & Vendors 2018

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Microsoft
Real User
Applications Business Intelligence Analyst at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
Jul 16 2017

What is most valuable?

There are many, but I would have to say the two most important for me have been SQL Server Profiler -- to run traces and the ability to kill sessions in the enterprise manager tool. This command-based functionality lets you search and sort... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In an effort to forego a data warehouse purchase, one company I worked with used a second SQL Server instance loaded to separate hardware as a reporting environment avoiding the need to hire additional employees to support a data warehouse.... more»

What needs improvement?

Multiple operating systems support should improve. The ongoing and newly marketed support for Linux and Unix environments running SQL Server is a big win for Microsoft, in my opinion. Previous hold back related to open source environments... more»
Real User
Sr. Database Consultant at IGT
Nov 03 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is how evolved the solution is right now. It's been around for a while, and I think it's been servicing a lot of different use cases. I think it's really stabilized, evolved, and you can actually put it to use in... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has definitely improved the way my organization functions. It's our database management tool. We have a lot of sensitive information. Different business verticals have a lot of sensitive information that they want to reliably preserve... more»

What needs improvement?

I’d like to see them include a certain amount of intuitiveness in the optimization of the queries, and the algorithms for that could be better. There's still room for improvement in those areas. One of the things that is also mentioned about... more»
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Consultant
Senior Oracle Consultant at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 04 2017

What is most valuable?

Ours is a DW environment, ETL extracts data from SAP and loads into the reporting database. The DBA objective was optimal performance for both nightly batch and reporting. We used the below features which significantly helped improve he... more»

How has it helped my organization?

This data is of our BI reporting. This reporting is open for all the warehouse managers to know all their financial status.The period end . We have very tight schedules. Every report has to complete in milli seconds seconds. The SLA are very... more»

What needs improvement?

For some reason, the stats optimizer doesn't work well. We actually disabled some of these features, such as the optimizer adaptive features. On the fly, the optimizer actually changes the explained plan, and that feature is really not... more»
Real User
Senior Principal Engineer/Architect, Oracle ACE Director at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 08 2016

What is most valuable?

So what happened is that today IT is facing a lot of challenges, because the data has grown so fast. They have to find a way to manage the cost, the performance, and the capacity. So that's why we have this strategy called information management: a strategy to manage this data within a reasonable cost. Oracle 12C introduced these two new features, called ADO,... more»

What needs improvement?

So this is a very good tool, but I would like to add some more features. One thing I would think about is that, the database lets me write some new rules. Right now, the data moving is mainly based on how much this tier one storage is full. Like, if 80 percent of full? Then it starts moving the data. What I really want is, based on how much the data has been... more»
Real User
Security Analyst at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 26 2017

What is most valuable?

Ease of use and robust automated security administration and reporting are features any mainframe shop needs and should have. The cost of investing in such products will usually offset the expense associated with the DB2 environment and the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

When new DB2 resources are introduced into the environment, the Vanguard Administrator product allows us to quickly build the required RACF security rules and access lists. There are features in the Administrator product that automate the... more»

What needs improvement?

It is worth noting that the RACF security product is used to safeguard the DB2 environment on the mainframe. This allows us to maintain all security rules for resources on the mainframe using the RACF security product. Some shops I have... more»
Oracle
Real User
Software Architect at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Dec 19 2017

What is most valuable?

We design web solutions for customers with PHP. MySQL offers a simple, no frills, but effective DBMS solution with a very low hardware footprint. Since it has no licensing fees, it offers great TCO for our customers.

How has it helped my organization?

We do software development for our customers on both Windows and Linux. Since these tools are available for both Windows and Linux, we can leverage the knowledge of these tools for development on both platforms.

What needs improvement?

Only one of the engines, InnoDB, supports ACID transaction control. The best performance engine, MyISAM, has no transactional control support. It would make a lot of sense to include one engine that offers both very good overall performance... more»
Real User
Senior DBA at MA Consulting
Jun 10 2018

What is most valuable?

Oracle is one of the most advanced systems when compared with other databases in the market. Oracle has the ability to combine all the sophisticated architectures that we have today in the market and bring them to the customer. One more nice... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It fits any kind of model that we would like to incorporate in our organization, whether it's a data warehouse, implementing data models, CRMs, or online application processing. We can use clusters, we have very sophisticated,... more»

What needs improvement?

Oracle is going now to what we call autonomous databases. Personally, I don’t believe in autonomous databases that will manage themselves. It might be that in the cloud versions they actually have the ability of doing that for you, managing... more»
Consultant
Technology Lead at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 31 2017

What is most valuable?

The column-based technologies (basically all the database for ITP) are used for SAP IQ. It is used as a column-based solution. It's two things: * Highest performance on query. This is very notable. Let's say, yesterday I was doing some of the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Instead of having a PNO process at the end of the day, which was running forever (six hours) I moved the process into SAP IQ. Now, I am giving real time, or near real time, PNO. The portal runs for four minutes, rather than running for six... more»

What needs improvement?

Yes. The room for improvement would be the marketing of the product, because this product is much better than advertised. One of my colleagues was working with Adobe, where the Product Management team was using Hadoop. Hadoop was doing a... more»
Microsoft
Real User
Software Architect at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Aug 15 2017

What is most valuable?

* SQL Server Integration Services tools * Data Quality Services tools * Master Data Services tools * SQL Server Reporting Services tools * Data Partitioning (Horizontal Partitioning) tools * ColumnStore Indices * In-Memory OLTP tables

How has it helped my organization?

We design and implement DW solutions with SS 2016 Dev Ed tools. This solution has given us high levels of productivity, which has allowed us to use an Agile approach to the design and implementation of DW solutions for our customers, and this... more»

What needs improvement?

We do not have much to complain about SS 2016 Dev Ed in itself, we do have some complaints regarding licensing for SQL Server 2016 Enterprise Ed. In an emerging market like Argentina, it is very steep for our customers to pay U$S 28,000 or... more»
Real User
Managing Director at CarajanDB
Oct 01 2016

What is most valuable?

The cloning features are outstanding. It’s easy to clone an existing database in the same CDB into another CDB running on-premise or even to a CDB running in a private or public cloud. This opens new doors database consolidation with an easy... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I’ve created tons of scripts for my customers to deploy databases, set up RAC instances, and Data Guard configurations. To verify such a script takes weeks and is very error-prone. Now, I’m able to set up a database once and just add... more»

What needs improvement?

The main area for improvement is regarding backup and recovery. Today, it’s difficult to set a pluggable database to a former point in time because flashback pluggable database doesn’t exist. Another important feature will be to support... more»
Real User
Oracle DBA at Roketsan Missiles Inc.
Nov 23 2016

What is most valuable?

Oracle Database has had a multiple-concurrent-user control system from the very beginning. Most enterprise database solutions have recently become aware of this. Oracle's approach was the true approach to isolate users. Databases have some... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have the opportunity to easily open service requests and get answers from the professional Oracle teams. We have the advanced customer support team in Turkey. If there is a problem, it is easily and elegantly solved. It adds value; we... more»

What needs improvement?

We have not been using the new release yet, we are running on 11g. We haven’t had much opportunity to deeply examine 12c yet. See my comments in the initial setup section.
Microsoft
Real User
Senior Developer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Mar 04 2018

What is most valuable?

Without any doubt the Integration Services and Analysis Services are the most widely used. These are the basis for data quality, data gathering, ETL process, as well as collation for the data warehouse, Cube-generation, and ad-hoc processes.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In the current organisation there was no centralised data repository. Thus, statistics, reporting, and generic management information were not existent. With the introduction of SQL Server, we have consolidated relevant business data into one... more»

What needs improvement?

An area that definitely needs improvement is the Reporting Service side with the actual report server. Although to be fair, Microsoft has developed a new branch of tools for reporting; presumably that is why they have not improved the... more»
Oracle
Real User
ERP System Analyst at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 03 2018

What do you think of MySQL?

We could write books about MySQL and every book could have a different focus: setup, optimization, backup, etc. So, this review will be about sharing some of the experiences that I have had. So, MySQL is probably the most used RDBMS for web applications. The server is really easy to install, literally a straightforward installation. It is very fast and stable and at the same time not resource hungry compared to some other RDBMS products. For smaller projects, you will not even need to do any "after install" tweaks or configurations, just install and you are ready to go. Nevertheless, for some more demanding projects, you will need to investigate and optimize your setup to fit the requirements. What is the best configuration for a MySQL server? There is no single best...
Ignite Technologies
Real User
Senior System Architect - Resiliency Engineering at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Dec 05 2017

What is most valuable?

A valuable feature was the use of a columnar database for large, ever-growing, big datasets. It also have very amazing smart grid query feature for very fast aggregate queries across millions of rows

How has it helped my organization?

When working properly, the ability to continually insert large datasets, millions of records per minute, while simultaneously querying the same data tables, was very impressive. But it almost never was able to run continually without errors.

What needs improvement?

This version of Infobright has zero support for distributed scalability. The internal smart grid employed for each table has a major flaw in that the data size cannot be expunged until 2GB of data is reached at the column-level. This is a... more»
Microsoft
Real User
Senior SQL DBA at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Feb 25 2018

What is most valuable?

Always On is my favorite feature. I do like availability groups and cannot imagine how I lived with them before. Microsoft tries to release new features with every version, but I cannot say that they are killer features. Usually these are... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I am not sure, as we have been working with it from the start. Comparing with other database management systems that I tried in other companies, SQL Server is quite easy to install, configure, and maintain. It is also quite reliable in... more»

What needs improvement?

I like it the way it is, though I would appreciate a dark theme for SQL Server Management Studio and ability to add databases with TDE enabled into availability groups. I am aware of Connect and Trello pages, and there are a lot of good ideas... more»
Oracle
Real User
Senior Web Manager at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 04 2018

What is most valuable?

* Open-source * Multi-platform * Lightweight * Simple to set up, configure and tune * Support for enterprise-grade features like clustering, master-slave replication, even Sharding (to some extent) which is an advanced feature

How has it helped my organization?

Due to the open source licensing model, it has allowed small businesses like ours to adopt enterprise-grade database systems without incurring significant licensing costs.

What needs improvement?

It would be helpful if there were a graphical user interface to administer, configure, and tune it. If it had something similar to Microsoft’s DTS engine then it would be the best database system out there.
Consultant
Oracle DBA at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 09 2016

What is most valuable?

It's the only database you can operate at a very high professional level and that offers what the customers need from the product, ACID.

How has it helped my organization?

It's a crucial and critical part of our everyday business. That's what it does.

What needs improvement?

Real zero-downtime patching, that's what I want. When you have a fallback system with RAC and Data Guard, the autonomous help framework could support it, but collecting the logs and reading the logs is still a nightmare. Improving this would... more»
Teradata
Real User
Enterprise Programmes Architect with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 22 2017

What is most valuable?

Each has its strengths and weaknesses; this is why we use a blended environment. We have a holistic view which is very mature and thus, it is impossible to give a concise answer. However, converting the Teradata from a pure BI to an ODS has... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is the core of our fundamental real-time reporting and operational planning. It has saved us over eight figures in the operational run costs, improved data quality and consistency as well as reduced our overall infrastructure support... more»

What needs improvement?

The increasing volumes of data demand more and more performance. I truly believe that in five years, we will breach the effective limits of Teradata to perform in a multi-petabyte environment, i.e., without significant changes to its... more»
Microsoft
Real User
CEO/CTO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jul 20 2017

What is most valuable?

Probably the most useful feature of SQL Server is the ability to write and execute SQL on the fly. Even though there are some very useful features on Oracle, MySQL, and other platforms, the SQL Server by far has the most robust capabilities... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The most recent example is a data warehouse I've created for a client that enables us to use a "no-SQL" construct. This is only possible due to the dynamic SQL capability. Our client collects data from dozens of sources with little to no... more»

What needs improvement?

The only real improvement I've been looking for is finally being addressed by Microsoft. Since SQL Server only ran on Windows, it was not competitive with other platforms which could run on Linux. This has recently been realized with the... more»
Consultant
Oracle Exadata /Oracle 12c Multi-Tenant/Oracle Golden Gate Consultant at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 13 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature we have found is the multi-tenancy. You can set up background processes and memory at the container level, not at the pluggable level. he second thing is, I can set up a disaster recovery solution for the container... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Instead of maintaining multiple servers, multiple databases, multiple disaster recovery solution setups for several levels, if you implement the 12c multi-tenancy, I only have to set it up for one container, not for all of the pluggable... more»
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