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Decision Point for Selecting a DBMS Architecture

Published: 20 October 2015

ID: G00274013

Analyst(s): Rick Greenwald


The DBMS landscape includes a variety of different implementations, ranging from traditional relational architectures to NoSQL approaches like Hadoop, key-value, document, table-style and graph options. This document guides data architects through the process of selecting the optimal architecture.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point Question

Decision Overview

Decision Tool

Principles, Requirements and Constraints

  • Principles
  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Requirements
    • Constraints


  • DBMS Architecture Options
  • Incumbent Vendor
  • Cloud
  • IaaS and dbPaaS
  • Appliances
  • Examples
    • Receive and Analyze Data From Internet of Things Sensors
    • Analyze Clickstream Data From a Website
    • Storefront Application With a Catalog and Shopping Cart

Future Developments

  • Greater Functionality in Nonrelational DBMSs
  • Increasing Multimodel Support
  • Greater Flexibility in Cloud DBMS Offerings
  • Differentiation Among Newer Vendors
  • Convergence of Architectures
  • Shift Toward HTAP

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