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Cloud Databases: On-Premise DBs Become the new Legacy

By Dick Weisinger

On-premise database market share is eroding quickly as businesses move their databases to the cloud.

Databases remain a healthy business, growing at a rate of 18 percent between 2017 and 2018. But it has changed. But the landscape of the DBMS market has changed and it is distinctly skewed towards the cloud. Cloud DBMS now accounts for 68 percent of all new growth in the market.

The Gartner report shows that the databases running in Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure alone captured 75 percent of growth in database sector, and nearly all of this new business is cloud-based. Gartner estimates that by 2022 three-quarters of all databases will be running in the cloud.

Adam Ronthal, analyst at Gartner, said that “the message in our research is simple — on-premises is the new legacy. Cloud is the future. All organizations, big and small, will be using the cloud in increasing amounts for DBMS.”

“Innovation is happening only there [in the cloud], or at the least, in the cloud first, and there is an increasing amount of innovation that will never get to on-premises, even when the vendor has on-premises products.”

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