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What are the Top Ten Databases?

Everyone has their favorite DBMS, is your favorite one of the top databases?

Though some non-relational products have entered the top ten, the relational paradigm remains firmly entrenched in the database world.  However specialized database types such document store databases and wide column stores are gaining in popularity to become top databases.

Top of the Pack (Scores above 900)

There three top runners:  Oracle, MySQL, and Microsoft SQL server.  The scores for these three were all above 1000 and clearly separated from the rest of the pack.  The “big three” are kind of the hill for the time being.  IT will be awhile before these the are unseated as the top databases.

Personally I was surprised to see MySQL outranking MS-SQL; however, it is free, and widely available on web servers across the web.  Open source does have its advantages!

Mid Pack (Scores below 900)

PostgreSQL, MongoDB, DB2, and Microsoft Access round out the mid-pack.  MongoDB is a document store database.  This schema free method organization of data lends itself well to storing and managing electronic document data in formats such as JSON.

Emerging Tech (Scores below 100)

SQLite, Cassandra, and Sysbase ASE rank eight through tenth respectively.  Cassandra is known as a wide column store.  Personally I never had heard of that type of database model before.  My understanding is these type of databases can have billions of columns per row.  This makes Cassandra and other wide column store databases, perfect for storing two dimensional data (think spreadsheet).

Details

Here are the scores from DB-Engines.  If you have a moment, check out their site.  There is a historical graph of the rankings I found useful.

Rank DBMS
1 Oracle
2 MySQL
3 Microsoft SQL Server
4 PostgreSQL
5 MongoDB
6 DB2
7 Microsoft Access
8 SQLite
9 Cassandra
10 Sybase ASE
(Source: DB-Engines April, 2014 Ranking)

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Kris Wenzel
 

Kris Wenzel has been working with databases over the past 28 years as a developer, analyst, and DBA. He has a BSE in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Kris has written hundreds of blog articles and many online courses. He is loves helping others learn SQL.

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