When evaluating Relational Databases, what aspect do you think is the most important to look for?

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Derek ReaderReal UserTOP 10

An Oracle logo.

21 May 19

Top in my list
- Performance
- Security

24 September 18
Senior Database Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employeesVendor

Performance, Security, Quiet Easy to Implement the database Solution, Excellent database tools for managing the Database Environment for example Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.

08 December 17
Arun .Real UserTOP 20

Performance, Security, Vendor Support and Price

21 October 17

Definitely Performance, Data mining, easy use.

13 September 17
Orhan EripekUser

A single reason is not enough, we can rank the following reasons:

- Operational Performance (OLTP, DWH - ETL)
- Relate to hardware such as disk (storage), memory, cpu and how well they can use them
- Data Capacity
- Data Security
- Application Support
- Vendor Support

14 February 17
Consultant at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employeesConsultant

We should evaluate mainly performance of the database as well as pricing of the database.

- If you want to host application which has small amount of data and does not have secure content in it you can go for open source databases.
- vice versa, if your data has secure or critical contents in it then we should consider security features of database as well.
- one more important feature we need to consider now a days is parallel distribution/parallel computing feature e.g. Postgresql / greenplum has this feature.

24 January 16
Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employeesReal UserTOP 5

Modeling features (from physical to business), sql optimization / mdx support, easy of use

11 January 16
Barath RavichanderConsultantTOP 5

mainly the performance. For RDBMS you would not be having any performance issue. But when it comes for data loading, RDBMS would not be a good take. This of an MPP where the data is spread accross segments

06 January 16
Manager, Business Intelligence at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employeesReal User

Scalability and performance, both in relation to volume of data and concurrent queries.

15 December 15
Senior Database Analyst at a government with 1,001-5,000 employeesReal User

scalability and platforms DBMS runs on

19 November 15
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employeesReal UserTOP 10

Uniform Syntex
Ease of use
Examples of complex statements or auto creation of queries

18 November 15
Estagiário at a consultancy with 51-200 employeesReal User

If it covers all of the project needs/specifications.
The price.

15 October 15
Sebastian AdlercreutzReal UserTOP 5LEADERBOARD

Vendor support, product track record, scalability, clustering options and security.

08 October 15
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employeesReal User

First Knowledge of the platform, performance, backup/restore...

07 October 15
Infrastructure Manager at a tech services companyReal User

Easy integration, fast ,scalability to needs and support for all developer APIs

04 October 15
Head of Engineering at CloudBearingsConsultant

only one reason as of today, that is transactional atmoicity, don't see any other; you open source them with light versions and see the miracles; graph databases are evolving and once there cn be a better fit not just for social as they are today;

22 September 15
Bernard SamontanesUserTOP 20

Performance, ease of use, scalability and support for all developer APIs.

18 September 15
Chief Technical Officer at a tech services company with 51-200 employeesUserTOP 10

There's no "most important" criteria when choosing a tool, and a RDBMS is just a tool. If you're running Twitter, then the key factor is performance. If you're running a small medical clinic software, then you need data integrity above the others.

18 September 15
VP Marketing and Operations at a tech vendor with 51-200 employeesVendor

The most important criteria for our customers at NuoDB is that our distributed SQL database has a flexible deployment model that allows them 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.

30 August 15
Enterprise Architect with 51-200 employeesReal UserTOP 10

Scalability, performance and Business Intelligence capability from ETL to warehousing and analytics. Also how well the database solution can be leveraged in an enterprise development organization. There are many more options these days but not from a mature development to deployment and maintenance standpoint.

12 August 15
VP of Technology with 51-200 employeesReal User

Reliability, scalability, security, performance, ease of management.

12 August 15
Joga NakkaReal UserTOP 20

The RDBMS that are known for its Scalability, Availability and its OLTP performance. However am exploring its Analytical functional capabilities. I have been using Sybase IQ EDW. its serves the purpose now. However moving towards building an Enterprise Data Warehouse –Data Lake, researching about MSSQL DW 2014

08 August 15
vCIO at a tech services company with 51-200 employeesReal User

Vendor support.

05 August 15
CTO at a tech services company with 51-200 employeesReal User

performance, scalability & security

03 August 15
BI Architect at a tech vendorReal User

Can't answer this blindly. Depends on why I'm researching a relational db technology and what the requirements are.

28 July 15
Gopal ji DwivediReal UserTOP 20

Performance &

23 July 15
Senior Software Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employeesReal User

Ability to retrieve as and when required in any format to give valuable insights to business.

19 June 15
Krastio KostovReal UserTOP 20

Easy for support and use. Set of high availability features.

17 June 15
Senior Sybase DBA at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employeesReal User

operational efficiency and simplicity of use and understanding ( set of features ) has a high value in any case.

17 June 15
Academic Coordinator of Digital Graphic Design Engineering program with 501-1,000 employeesReal User

performance, security, and it allows OO_RDBMS

11 June 15
CTO with 51-200 employeesReal User

Wide adoption, Performance, Scalability, Replication, Failover.

06 June 15
Lead Big Data Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employeesReal User

1. Performance 2. Ease of using analytic functions 3. Industry hold

01 June 15
Cristian Camilo Forero DíazReal User

Performance and security

28 May 15
Systems Analyst at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employeesVendor


11 May 15
Ryan LohanReal UserTOP 20

Existing organisational capabilities. e.g; introducing Oracle to a team already skilled in MSSQL would likely be a mistake. Beyond that, I haven't 'researched' RDBMSs for some time. The choice is usually clear for me. MSSQL, MySQL or Postgres.

11 May 15
Shree MoReal UserTOP 20


30 April 15
Technical Support at Sigma SystemsConsultant

Scalability and performance.

07 April 15
Senior Software Engineer [Temporary] at a library with 1,001-5,000 employeesReal User

Do we actually need any of the 'relational' part or can we leverage an object db or something even more lightweight?

03 April 15
Directeur Informatique at a tech vendorReal User


21 March 15
Data Warehouse Developer at a tech services companyReal User

Organised, Relationship establishment between objects, Atomic, Security.

13 March 15
Senior Manager and Owner at a tech services companyReal User

Performance, period. Needs to provide a variety of ways to move and process data quickly leveraging disk, processors, RAM, and IO.

10 March 15
Database Manager with 10,001+ employeesUser

Meets Availability requirement, performance and recovery time objective.
Ease of use is also important as well as utilities to load and unload data.

01 March 15
IT Architect at a construction companyReal User

Compatibility. If the database engine doesn't work well with the software you want to use it with, the rest of the features just don't matter. After that, performance and scalability.

28 February 15
Sr. System Engineer at a financial services firmReal User

Ease of use, scalability, and portability.

27 February 15
Supervisor de Plataforma y operaciones at a tech services companyReal UserTOP 10

Performance and more performance. Go hand in hand with the best technologies Disk.

09 February 15
Manager of Development at a financial services firmReal UserTOP 20


08 February 15
Security Expert at a consultancyReal User

The data bases footprint in the current market. For example I am reviewing things. MS Access has been a relational database I thought had a footprint and a future. The stuff I read online about the 2013 upgrade and Office 365 have me thinking maybe my ideas need to shift to something else.

28 January 15
User at a transportation company with 51-200 employeesReal User

Scalability, reliability, performance, ease of management and adherence to standards.

27 January 15
User with 11-50 employeesVendor

Replication, failover and performance.

19 January 15
Director of Infrastructure at a tech services companyReal User

Backup and replication options.

16 January 15
User at a software R&D companyReal User

Reaction to system failure

16 January 15
User at a tech vendorReal User

The most important criterion is whether the DB comes with a mature BI stack.

15 January 15
BI Expert at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employeesReal User

The metadata and the less "case when" script.

12 January 15
Igal TrachtenbergReal User

Concurrency control, analytic functions and indexing options

24 December 14
Project Manager at a tech services companyReal User

Ease of use as for uniformed command line and syntax, JOIN performance and features to be able to create sub join / sub view. Community support and widespread use. Availability on documents and technical know - how.

23 December 14
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