Market landscape: in-memory database technologies

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Market framework
  3. Maturity of categories
  4. Considerations for using in-memory solutions
  5. Vendor review
  6. Near-term outlook
  7. Key takeaways
  8. About Lynn Langit


The landscape of data solutions has been significantly disrupted in the last several years, on multiple fronts. Another such disruption is taking place now, with the mainstreaming of in-memory database (IMDB) products. New products are emerging, as are entirely new categories of products.

This report will help CIOs, enterprise architects, and database administrators understand what categories and products they should examine more closely. This includes a review of the rapidly growing array of IMDB products and the various categories that define the market landscape. The report will detail important considerations for purchase and implementation of in-memory data systems and review the market leaders in each category.

Key findings include:

  • The velocity around exploration and adoption of in-memory database solutions will accelerate in the next 12 to 18 months.
  • As a category, NewSQL holds the most promise, as it is based on the known database model of relational schema, SQL query and transactional consistency.
  • Startups tend to prefer NoSQL solutions most often, as these are popular with their developers, who hold much influence over technology selection.
  • Cloud-hosted NoSQL IMDBs are popular in their own right, as they are not only quick to set up via their integration with major cloud platforms but also offer lower maintenance and simpler scaling.
  • Prospects for in-memory components added to traditional database platforms, like those from Microsoft and Oracle, should not be ignored, particularly in the “slow-to-adopt-new-paradigms” enterprise arena.


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