The world runs on them
The relational database and relational DBMS have been at the core of most mission-critical business and government transactions for decades. Looking ahead, they will continue to evolve in their capabilities and be a critical component for services leveraging modern technologies, such as AI, cognitive, big data, predictive analytics and more. While graphs, cubes, tensors and MapReduce are capturing much of today’s mindshare, tomorrow’s hottest applications will still be built on the back of tried and true SQL.
As enterprise architects and data scientists embrace newer data architectures, they will want to retain investments in the relational DBMS for reasons such as:
- Performance. The performance of relational databases has been perfected to support the world’s most demanding data-centric services, including modern capabilities like caching and in-memory techniques.
- Reliability. With a long history of successfully supporting the world’s largest governments and businesses, the relational database has proven to be trustworthy and reliable.
- Integration. Relational databases have supported countless transactions since the 1980’s, meaning virtually every system within a government or enterprise is already integrated with the technology.
- Security. Today’s relational databases perform like security veterans, having matured over the 30 years that they have been protecting the world’s most sensitive data.
- Skills. Professionals have developed and honed their RDBMS and SQL skills for decades.