Structured data lives on

Dell logoDell has commissioned a survey that shows while unstructured data types and novel database management systems are important, traditional relational database management systems (RDBMS) are still holding their own.

Dell Software commissioned Unisphere Research to survey database administrators looking after organisations’ corporate data.

And the survey shows that structured data represents 75 percent of data under managements for two thirds of the organisations surveyed. One third do not yet manage unstructured data at all.

Oracle and Microsoft’s SQL Server are the most common systems use for mission critical data with 78 percent of managers using Oracle, and 72 percent SQL Server. Other RDBMSs mentioned include MySQL, IBM’s DB2 and MongoDB.

Transactional data represents the most important areas of data growth for 83 percent of the organisations surveyed.

While Hadoop and NoSQL were mentioned only 10 percent of the respondents mentioned them. And 57 percent of the managers said their organisations hadn’t any plans to use Hadoop.

The survey took place in the first quarter of this year, with 300 database managers asked for their views. Two thirds of those surveyed worked for enterprises with over 1,000 employees, across a dozen different industry sectors.