The majority of businesses will migrate their database assets to cloud services or deploy natively on these platforms in the coming years as recognition grows about the benefits of this model.

This is according to a new report from Gartner, which found three-quarters of databases (75 per cent) will be based in the cloud by 2022. What’s more, only five per cent of these will ever be considered for repatriation to on-premise solutions.

Donald Feinberg, distinguished research vice-president at Gartner, said organisations will continue to increase the rate at which they move existing database assets to the cloud, as well as develop new applications to take advantage of this technology.

He added: “We also believe this begins with systems for data management solutions for analytics use cases, such as data warehousing, data lakes and other use cases where data is used for analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning.”

However, Mr Feinberg also noted operational systems are also increasingly being moving to the cloud, particularly as businesses embrace Software-as-a-Service models for their critical day-to-day operations.

According to the firm, global revenue for database management systems increased by 18.4 per cent in 2018, reaching $46 billion (£36.4 billion). Cloud revenue accounts for 68 per cent of this growth, with more than 75 per cent of the total market growth going to Microsoft and Amazon Web Services.

Gartner stated this illustrates how cloud service provider (CSP) infrastructure and their related services are becoming the new data management platform for many businesses, with ecosystems developing that “integrate services within a single CSP and provide early steps toward intercloud data management”. 

The firm said this is in contrast to the traditional on-premise approach, where individual products rarely offer built-in capabilities to support integration with other applications and services within the on-premise deployment environment.

“Ultimately, what this shows is that the prominence of the CSP infrastructure, its native offerings and the third-party offerings that run on them is assured,” Mr Feinberg continued.

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