Gartner Research

Are DBMS Appliances in Your Future? Don't Bet on It!

Published: 15 January 2016

ID: G00274952

Analyst(s): Adam Ronthal , Donald Feinberg


Once vibrant, the market for DBMS appliances is in decline due to mounting pressures affecting usage at both large enterprises and the midmarket. Information leaders should understand these fundamental market changes to ensure sound decisions on future appliance usage.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Mounting pressures from more flexible deployment methods and best-fit engineering are challenging the value proposition of DBMS appliances, with cloud- and software-only-based approaches now providing greater choice for enterprises
  • With DBMS appliances increasingly being relegated to use cases where specialized or extreme processing capabilities are required to meet specific SLAs, information leaders must understand the inherent trade-offs of the appliance approach
  • The concepts of the DBMS appliance have translated well into software-only approaches, which, with their greater flexibility and performance, coupled with advances in hardware, will meet most DBMS needs for most organizations most of the time

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