Organizations continue to move to the cloud at a rapid pace, as a new study by 451 Research finds that more than two-thirds (68 percent) of enterprises are now using databases in the cloud.

Further, “as enterprises make the sweeping move from traditional data centers to cloud computing … 90 percent of information technology database managers and executives say their selection of database technologies relates to the suppliers’ cloud strategy,” the study notes.

The study, sponsored by Tesora, includes more than 200 database managers and IT executives who are large users of databases, with 90 percent having more than 25 databases in production.

There is good news in the study for those firms that the study calls traditional database “incumbents.”

“While the initial adoption of database-as-a-service (DBaaS) offerings from cloud providers, especially Amazon Web Services (AWS), have posed a challenge to the incumbent on-premises database vendors, the survey results indicate that those incumbent vendors are likely to maintain their dominance as adoption of DBaaS moves mainstream,” the study explains.

Oracle, IBM, Microsoft and SAP, as well as Teradata in analytic workloads – vendors that have dominated the database landscape for decades, still have the advantages of established trusted supplier relationships, along with installed workloads and expertise over time, according to Matt Aslett, research director for data platforms and analytics at 451 Research.

“The survey results indicate that despite the strength of public cloud offerings like Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), incumbent database providers remain in a good position to defend their respective installed bases and extend them with database-as-a-service offerings,” Aslett says.

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