The Top 3 Most-Used Database Management Software Solutions Compared

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There’s tons of software options out there. We have nearly 400 categories of business software on our site alone.

From free and open source to the advent of scalable solutions, it can be hard just trying to navigate the world of database management software. Plus, going through a lengthy list of each solution and skimming through its pros and cons can be time-consuming. Trust me on this.

Database Management Software Solutions Compared

Software is an important purchase, but you also have other IT demands. Time is of the essence and so is getting a proper software fit for your business.

Imagine how much money you may be throwing out the window if you make the wrong choice. Yikes. And then imagine having to once more spend precious time finding another solution. Double yikes.

I know you have other things on your plate, so I’ll serve up database management software solutions compared for your pleasure. Using our top database management infographic, I’ll evaluate the top three most-used solutions, listing their pros and cons as well as cost so you can see if these popular choices are also a good fit for your business. 

Let’s get started.

Database Management Software Solutions Compared

1. Oracle Database 12c

Surprise! Just kidding. If you’re familiar at all with the software world, it’s not shocking that Oracle’s database management solution is the most-widely used option, topping out at more than 3.1 million users.

Pros

Oracle’s Database 12c is a hybrid cloud solution that offers innovative cloud computing technologies while keeping some information private, which is a good compromise for those looking to quell concerns about security.

But what makes this solution stand out from others is that it introduces a new multitenant architecture that makes it quick and easy to consolidate many databases and manage them with ease. Furthermore, this solution features in-memory data processing capabilities in addition to query optimization, performance tuning, high availability, partitioning, backup, and recovery.

Database 12c also comes in two editions (Standard 2 and Enterprise) so you can implement a solution that satisfies your needs and keeps you under budget.

Cons

Because this database management solution is not free and open source, it operates under a proprietary license and includes a handful of features that must be purchased for a more powerful solution. Reviewers have also noted that Oracle Support could be improved.

Cost

The Standard 2 Edition runs between $700 and $17,500, and the Enterprise Edition ranges between $4,750 and $47,500.

Database Management Software Solutions Compared

2. Teradata Database

Coming in the second spot is Teradata’s database solution with an impressive 3 million members, not too far behind the top seed. Notable customers include 3M, the National Australia Bank, and golf equipment manufacturer PING.

Pros

One of the key features of Teradata Database is that you can use the language which best handles the type of question and processing you require, or even combine processing methodologies within a single analytical process. These scripts “automatically run in parallel within the database and produce a set of output rows just like a native SQL query.” This solution also offers standard DBM features, including the ability to store and analyze structured and multi-structured data in the same database engine, and deep integration that provides workload management, in-database analytics, and ease of administration across all data. Teradata Database also affords a broad range of security features, like user and system level password controls, external authentication, and authorization using LDAP and Kerberos Teradata Wallet for securing credentials on client systems.

Cons

Upgrades to the software take time and some reviews note that Teradata database, while comprehensive, is an expensive solution, and best used for enterprise-level businesses.

Cost

Teradata does not list pricing publicly, but you can visit their official site and contact them for pricing information.

Database Management Software Solutions Compared

3. IBM DB2

IBM has always been an IT staple in the tech world, so it only makes sense that its DB2 option rounds out the top three with more than 2.75 million users.

Pros

IBM’s DB2 offers a wealth of features, including the ability to automate tasks like memory allocation, storage management, health monitoring, and business policy maintenance, as well as SQL compatibility so your staff can leverage existing skills. Not to mention, DB2 offers a comprehensive suite of security features such as authentication, authorization, trusted context, auditing, encryption, and fine-grain controls. DB2’s key feature, however, is its time travel query, which enables you to query your data as it appears at different points in time without having to build, maintain, and administer a complex temporal infrastructure.

Cons

IBM DB2 doesn’t enable you to run multiple secondary nodes without additional software purchases, which can include third party tools. Support for DB2 is also difficult without paid IBM support.

Cost

Unfortunately, IBM doesn’t list pricing publicly. However, as with Teradata, you can contact IBM and request a quote or talk to a sales representative for further pricing information.

Honorable Mentions

MariaDB and MySQL round out the top five in with 2 million and 1.37 million users respectively as go-to free and open source choices. If you’d like to learn more about these two options, be sure to check out our post on the top five free and open source database management solutions.

Thoughts?

Have any favorite DBMS solutions that didn’t make the top three? What do you think of the solutions that came out on top? Would you like to have any other database management software solutions compared? Let me know in the comments below.

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