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Most databases will move to the cloud by 2022, says Gartner

By 2022, 75 percent of all databases will be deployed or migrated to a cloud platform, with only 5 percent ever considered for repatriation to on-premises, according to a new report from Gartner Inc.

This trend will mainly be due to databases used for analytics and the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, the study said. Inquiries with Gartner clients show that organizations are developing and deploying new applications in the cloud and moving existing assets at an increasing rate, and the firm expects this will continue to increase, said Donald Feinberg, distinguished research vice president at Gartner.

“We also believe this begins with systems for data management solutions for analytics use cases, such as data warehousing, data lakes, and other use cases where data is used for analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning,” Feinberg said.

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Increasingly, operational systems are also moving to the cloud, especially with conversion to the SaaS model, Feinberg said.

Gartner research shows that 2018 worldwide database management system (DBMS) revenue grew 18 percent to $46 billion. Cloud DBMS revenue accounts for 68 percent of that growth. This trend reinforces that cloud service provider infrastructures and the services that run on them are becoming the new data management platform, the report said.

Ecosystems are forming around cloud service providers (CSPs) that both integrate services within a single CSP and provide early steps toward intercloud data management, Gartner said.

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