But can it shift the big three?

MongoDB passes Microsoft Access in database rankings

Chris Mayer

The NoSQL leader surges past its first relational heavy-hitter in DB Engine’s DBMS rankings. Will their bright 2013 continue?

Much has been made of document database MongoDB’s rise in
popularity in recent years, and how it has quickly assumed the
status of NoSQL market leader. Just by glancing at
Google Trends
, you can see MongoDB is far and away creating the
most buzz.

Deciphering the hype in this battle can often be difficult, with
aggressive marketing often masking the real issue for NoSQL
vendors. The bigger challenge is still to persuade established
firms to migrate over from their trusty relational datastore and
while some might be willing to part company, they’ll want to do it
in a time-effective manner. The savvier of the bunch have realised
this, with DataStax in
particular, devoting resources to Oracle migration.

At last, we have a bigger indicator that at least one of the
collective is chipping away at the old guard, albeit very slowly.
Data from DB-Engines.com’s DBMS
rankings suggests that MongoDB has passed Microsoft Access in
popularity,  moving from 7th position this time last November
up to 6th. The DBMS ranking system uses a number of metrics when
calculating popularity, including search engine queries, the
frequency of those searches on Google Trends and the number of
related questions on Stack Overflow and DBA Stack Engine.

MongoDB has two more relational foes in its
sights also, with IBM DB2 and PostgreSQL both close by. With the
database’s ascension since the new year, it’s probable that will be
MongoDB will ranked fourth before the end of 2013. Possible factors
for the recent surge include Red Hat’s inclusion of the database

Red Hat Enterprise Linux
and IBM’s decision
to integrate
protocol into their product line.


Displacing the big three might be a little
trickier however. Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and Oracle are all
more than 1000 points ahead of MongoDB currently, showing the scale
of the challenge faced by 10gen.

In an
interview with JAX last December
, 10gen EMEA
VP Joe Morrissey proclaimed that MongoDB could dominate up to 80%
of the 30bn database market.

While this goal might seem lofty, 10gen are in the midst of
rapid expansion if the jobs page is anything
to go by and gearing themselves for the fight. According to the
rankings, MongoDB’s place at the top of the NoSQL tree (at least in
the near future) looks fairly established, with fellow competitors
all outside of the top ten – Cassandra being the closest at

However pitting the NoSQL datastores against
each other is ultimately meaningless, with each serving a different
purpose. As Alvin Richards admitted to us in January, “there is not
one solution.”
MongoDB’s The
document-oriented option might just be ahead of the pack due
to the appeal of its malleability and ease of entry.

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