October 25, 2010 – More than two-thirds of database administrators deal with two or more data platforms, with mergers and acquisitions standing out as a primary reason, according to a new survey sponsored by Embarcadero.

Database and application tools provider Embarcadero Technologies Inc. conducted the “Database Trends Survey.” It involved 1,230 respondents, primarily consisting of database professionals from organizations with more than 1,000 employees and reported worth of more than $1 billion.

The survey found that 33 percent of DBAs work with two databases, 25 percent work with three, 8 percent work with four, and 14 percent work with five or more. Of the respondents using two or more databases, half are running three or more of the same database platform for different departments or projects, and an additional 34 percent are running two of the same database.    

According to survey findings, 43 percent of DBAs stated their organization was involved in a buyout or merger in the last five years, with 18 percent of those respondents pointing to that as the cause for adding a new data system.  

Overall, 63 percent of DBAs expected their organization to introduce a new database platform in the next year, the survey stated.

DBAs noted the proliferation of working with more than one database as their greatest challenge, and its something that Embarcadero senior director of product management Scott Walz called “a monumental task.”

“Multi-platform database management is becoming more commonplace, but that doesn’t mean it’s getting less complicated,” Walz said in a news release with the survey findings.

Other top challenges listed by DBAs included tuning, handling multi-instance databases and fixing poor performing SQL code.

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