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Donald Feinberg
VP Distinguished Analyst
25 years at Gartner
50 years IT industry

Donald Feinberg is a vice president and distinguished analyst in Gartner Intelligence in the Information Infrastructure group. Mr. Feinberg is responsible for Gartner's research on database management systems and data warehousing infrastructure. Read Full Bio

There Is Only One DBMS Market

by Donald Feinberg  |  July 18, 2019

On 16-Jul-2019, Gartner published new research titled “There is Only One DBMS Market”, by Adam Ronthal, Donald Feinberg and Merv Adrian. This follows closely on last month’s declaration that “The Future of the DBMS Market Is Cloud” by the same authors. This is the second of two notes that aim to redefine how we cover […]

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The Future of Database Management Systems Is Cloud

by Donald Feinberg  |  June 23, 2019

On Friday, 20-June-2019, Gartner published new research titled “The Future of the DBMS Market Is Cloud” by Donald Feinberg, Merv Adrian and Adam Ronthal. The thesis: cloud is now the default platform for managing data. On-premises is the past, and only legacy compatibility or special requirements should keep you there.  Some might think we are early; […]

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Setting the Record Straight – HTAP & OPDBMS

by Donald Feinberg  |  January 11, 2018

There has been much written in the industry about the convergence of transactions and analytics in database management systems (DBMS). There are many names for this convergence from multiple sources. Many of these sources have given proper credit for the concept; however, some have not, allowing readers to believe they originated the idea. I have […]

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The Era of Microsoft on Windows-Only Is Over – OMG

by Donald Feinberg  |  September 25, 2017

Written by Donald Feinberg and Merv Adrian On 25-Sep-2017 at Ignite, Microsoft announced general availability of SQL Server 2017, now supporting both Windows and Linux platforms, as well as support for containers. It can now book revenue for a product already widely used by early release customers. What does this imply for the $34.4 billion database […]

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Data Lake, Big Data, NoSQL – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

by Donald Feinberg  |  July 29, 2017

Another post from the DBMS Curmudgeon On December 22, 2014, I published a blog about the terms Database vs. Database Management System (DBMS) (A Database By Any Other Name…) in an effort to correctly define these terms that are widely misused by practitioners and vendors alike. There seems to be a need in the IT industry (computers) to create new […]

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Google Cloud Spanner Enters With a Splash

by Donald Feinberg  |  February 27, 2017

This post was authored by Rick Greenwald, Merv Adrian and Donald Feinberg Last week, Google launched its internal Cloud Spanner DBMS into a public beta. Claiming to be both strongly consistent (like a relational DBMSs) and horizontally scalable (like a nonrelational or “NoSQL” DBMSs), Cloud Spanner’s internal use has given Google time to exploit unique physical characteristics […]

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Operational DBMS Evaluations Available on Gartner Peer Insights

by Donald Feinberg  |  February 12, 2016

“Tap into the collective knowledge and experience of IT professionals just like you. Free of vendor influence, Gartner Peer Insights offers detailed perspectives for every phase of the IT lifecycle – from evaluation and implementation to service and support.” We now offer Gartner Peer Insights for a wide variety of IT Markets, Vendors and Products. […]

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A Database By Any Other Name…

by Donald Feinberg  |  December 22, 2014

Another post from the DBMS Curmudgeon “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet;”, From Shakespeare‘s Romeo and Juliet, 1594.  Not true for a Database Management System (DBMS). The IT industry uses the words database and DBMS interchangeably. They are not! Simply put, a DBMS is software […]

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DBMS Legacies are Very Sticky

by Donald Feinberg  |  December 18, 2014

Donald Feinberg (@Brazingo) & Merv Adrian (@merv) Every so often, there’s a wave of interest in the “imminent retirement” of one or more legacy database management systems (DBMS). Usually, it’s because someone with very little knowledge of the actual use and distribution of the products becomes enthusiastic about someone’s sales pitch, or an anecdote or […]

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OK, Eu Desisto, Não Estruturada Ganha

by Donald Feinberg  |  October 9, 2014

Mais Um Blog do DBMS Curmudgeon (Cético) Durante os últimos (muitos) anos, eu travei a batalha sobre o uso da expressão “estruturados” versus “não estruturados” na gestão de dados. Eu tentei cada argumento lógico e tentei muitos outros termos para descrever dados não estruturados, como também fizeram muitos dos meus colegas do Gartner e toda a indústria. Até […]

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