This year's favourites

The 10 most popular DB engines (SQL and NoSQL) in 2015

Lukas Eder
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Lukas Eder rounds up this year’s favourite DB engines for SQL and NoSQL, with a change of ranks amongst the new list. Cassandra and Redis have surged their way into the Top 10, but who have they replaced? Read on to find out.

This post was originally published over at jooq.org, a blog focusing on all things open source, Java and software development from the perspective of jOOQ.

About two years ago, we’ve published this post about the 10 most popular DB engines, where we analysed the data published by Solid IT on their DB Ranking website.

In the meantime, the Solid IT measurement system has found to be a credible source, such that the website has also been cited at GartnerInfoWorld, and many other sources. For more details about how this is measured, check out the relevant website on db-engines.comhttp://db-engines.com/en/ranking_definition

Comparing the top 10 list, we can see that the players have shifted, heavily:

Reproduced with permission of DB-Engines.com

Reproduced with permission of DB-Engines.com

The top 3 elephants are still Oracle, MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server, but the runner-ups have changed. While PostgreSQL is still gaining traction, it has lost grounds compared to MongoDB.

Also, Cassandra and Redis have pushed out Sybase and Teradata from the top 10!

When 2 years ago, there had been only a single non RDBMS in this top 10 list, there are now 3, all of which are “schema-less”, and they’re gaining additional momentum.

Clearly, vendors of RDBMS will need to move quickly to accommodate the needs of document storage and key-value storage the way their new competitors do.

For us on the jOOQ blog, a much more interesting perspective is to see where our supported databases currently are in this ranking:

Reproduced with permission of DB-Engines.com

Reproduced with permission of DB-Engines.com

With the recent release of jOOQ 3.7, we’ve added another three databases to our list of now 21 supported RDBMS. Compared to last year’s ranking, almost all of these RDBMS are gaining traction as well, apart from SQL Server.

One thing is certain: We still have very exciting times ahead. Stay tuned for more updates, and check out the current ranking here.

Author
Lukas Eder
Lukas is a Java and SQL aficionado. He’s the founder and head of R&D at Data Geekery GmbH, the company behind jOOQ, the best way to write SQL in Java.

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