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Top 10 Database Software Systems

Database is the backbone of today's business. From public sectors to high tech industries, the infrastructure of enterprise is nothing but data, - the storage, transaction, and analytic of data. For IT professionals, Database is ever a big deal. No matter what you do in IT, certain levels of database knowledge and skills are definitely required. This page provides an updated list of the most powerful database systems which empower today's enterprise businesses around the world:

1. Oracle RDBMS

OracleOracle Enterprise Server, designed for grid computing, is the best RDBMS, running on multiple platforms, with the latest version 12c, in which the "c" is for cloud computing. In the IT industry, Oracle is "THE DATABASE." If you want to become a database administrator (DBA), make sure you are the Oracle DBA, and you are all set for your career. Oracle has the unshakeable market share in database field with big corporations, government agencies, and mission-critical data centers running on Oracle database in the Real Application Cluster (RAC) environment. Job opportunities with Oracle database are always there.

2. IBM DB2

IBMDB2 is the database management system that delivers a flexible and cost-effective database platform to build robust on demand business applications. The DB2 Universal Database (UDB) Enterprise Server Edition (ESE) is one of the best RDBMS. IBM positions DB2 as the database of choice for robust, enterprise-wide solutions handling high-volume workloads. and optimized to deliver industry-leading performance while lowering costs. DB2 is used by many big insuance companies, for example, VSP, the leading vision insurance company, run its entire business on DB2. While DB2 is not likely to overperform Oracle in market share, it is difinitely securred in the second position.

3. Microsoft SQL Server

MicrosoftMicrosoft SQL Server is a comprehensive database software platform providing enterprise-class data management and integrated business intelligence (BI) tools. Even though as a late starter in database, Microsoft has made strategic investments to push its SQLServer to the frontline to compete with Oracle and DB2 head-to-head. As the foundation of Microsoft's comprehensive data platform, SQL Server delivers breakthrough performance for mission-critical applications, using in-memory technologies, faster insights from any data to any user in familiar tools like Excel, and a resilient platform for building, deploying, and managing solutions that span on-premises and cloud. Microsoft offers deep discounts to education sectors including public schools, universities, and public agencies in education, which helped SQLServer gain user base significantly.

4. SAP Sybase ASE

SAPSAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), formerly Sybase, is a high-performance, mission-critical database management system that gives customers an operational advantage by lowering costs and risks. Sybase used to be one of the big 3 database giants (with Oracle and DB2) dominating the database field, but Sybase lost its momentum overtime, and eventually was sold out to SAP really cheap. Sybase database was widely used in banking industry, such as Wells Fargo Bank. It is unclear what would be the future outlook of SAP/Sybase database product since it depends on how SAP plan to position the ASE. Currently SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE) is marketed as the affordable relational database management system (RDBMS) designed for high-performance transaction-based applications involving massive volumes of data – and thousands of concurrent users. In short, SAP/Sybase database is still a significant player, but its future is unclear.

5. Teradata

TeradataTeradata Database, with an interesting tagline, - "When the world gets smaller, the data gets bigger," is the most powerful Very Large Database (VLDB) system. Nowadays the concept of VLDB has shifted to Big Data which focuses on the value of data for business decision-making. Many large scale data warehousing and business intelligence systems are powered by Teradata. Teradata database is often used by big retailers and telecom enterprises. Teradata offers some unique features: the intelligent optimizer to process queries and filter data to efficiently respond to any request, applying that query power to dynamic data without adding columns to your table to accept new data.


Software AGADABAS is the maker of Adabas. Adabas once was the most powerful mainframe database, now runs in multiple platforms, and provides superior reliability and performance. Software AG says that Adabas is the comprehensive and scalable enterprise database management system optimized for big data and designed for reliability, high performance and low total cost of ownership. Available for mainframe, Linux®, UNIX® and Windows® (LUW) platforms. ADABAS is integrated with NATURAL, - Software AG's application development and deployment environment known for ease of-use, cross-platform portability and developer productivity.

7. MySQL

mySQLMySQL. an open source database, is the most popular database for web-based business applications, and is moving to enterprise level. MySQL is the most popular database for internet systems such as e-commerce and dynamic website. If you run your own blog with Wordpress, you are using MySQL. Many of the world's largest and fastest-growing organizations including Facebook, Google, Adobe, Alcatel Lucent and Zappos rely on MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software. MySQL is now in Oracle's hands but still maintains its independence.

8. FileMaker

FileMakerFileMaker was the #1-selling easy-to-use database software for Windows and Mac OS. However, on the rise of Microsoft Access, FileMake has lost its competitive edge in the Windows environment, which forced FileMaker strategically build strength on the Mac platform. FileMaker, Inc., is now an Apple subsidiary, which may secure FileMaker's future supported by the strength of Apple products. FileMaker Server maximizes performance of shared databases while increasing security.

9. Microsoft Access

AccessMicrosoft Access is the most used desktop database application in Windows. Coming with the Microsoft Office suite, Access is cheap and accessible from most Windows laptops and workstations. Although mainly considered as a desktop database, Access becomes ever popular database for internet systems, - many e-commerce and content management systems is powered by Access database running on the Microsoft's IIS web server platform. Skills of Microsoft Access are always in demand, although the pay may not be great.

10. Informix

InfomixInformix, now under IBM, once was the most promising object-oriented database. It had been speculated that the object-oriented database would one day replace the traditional RDBMS (relational database management system), which means Infomix could have taken over Oracle in the IT world, but it had never happened. Thus as a falling star, Infomix was acquired by IBM. The latest version of Infomix has built with some new features, such as NoSQL capability, which unleashes the way to combine unstructured and structured data in a smart way, bringing NoSQL to the SQL database.