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SolarWinds Backup

by SolarWinds MSP

What will you do when that disaster call comes? With Solarwinds Backup you'll restore clients' business continuity in minutes. SolarWinds Backup provides complete local and cloud protection for all your data, on every device, at every location. Recover quickly from technology failure, natural disaster, or simple user error with bare metal recovery, virtual server restore, and long-term archiving -- all while protecting clients remotely. Learn more about SolarWinds Backup

SolarWinds Backup's lightning-fast recovery restores your clients' business continuity after any disaster. Now that's peace of mind. Learn more about SolarWinds Backup

ManageEngine Applications Manager provides deep-dive performance monitoring for 100+ business applications, spanning physical, virtual and cloud environments. Additionally, it tracks the end-user experience of web applications running on Java, .NET, and Ruby on Rails platforms. More than 5000 businesses around the world use Applications Manager to quickly detect, isolate and resolve performance issues, effectively plan capacity and ensure optimal performance of their applications. Learn more about ManageEngine Applications Manager

Ensure your mission-critical business applications meet end-user expectations with 360-degree monitoring from Applications Manager. Learn more about ManageEngine Applications Manager

Love your data? Set it free. Spreadsheets are so last century. Let your data thrive with Kintone's super-flexible, super-functional platform. Collaborate, manipulate, and play with your data as you see fit. Here, your databases can do so much more from triggering action-packed workflows to talking across teams, to powering agile apps. Its everything your datas ever dreamed of. Learn more about Kintone

Bring your company into the 21st century by transforming business processes into agile, centralized cloud apps. No coding required. Learn more about Kintone

Airtable is the relational database for the rest of us. With a spreadsheet-like interface that anyone can use, realtime collaboration, and rich features like file attachments and reporting, Airtable is the friendliest modern database. Learn more about Airtable

Airtable is the database that anyone can use with a beautiful spreadsheet interface. Learn more about Airtable

strongDM

by strongDM

strongDM works out of the box with any database or server in any environment. strongDM easily integrates with any identity provider, log aggregator, and change management system to onboard, offboard, and audit staff's access to databases and servers. Learn more about strongDM

Companies like Hearst, SoFi, and Peloton rely on strongDM to secure staff's access to databases and servers. Learn more about strongDM

Zoho Creator is a cloud-based low-code application development platform that empowers you to build enterprise-class applications that run on mobile, tablet, and web. Create custom forms, configure workflows, build informative pages, and get your app up and running in minutes. Whether it's logistics or order management, the possibilities are endless. Businesses of all sizes trust Zoho Creator to manage their data and have built more than 2 million apps on it. Learn more about Zoho Creator

Zoho Creator is a low-code app development platform that lets you launch custom, mobile-ready apps on your own. Learn more about Zoho Creator

With Ninox you can store and organize your complex data in your own structured way. Ninox provides a highly customizable user interface which allows you to process, analyze and evaluate any kind of data. Furthermore you can integrate different services e.g. from Google with Ninox's API. Ninox works across all platforms and can be accessed through its native macOS, iOS, and Android App or via any web browser. Learn more about Ninox

Store, organize, analyze and evaluate your complex data in your own structured way and share it with your team members. Learn more about Ninox

Caspio is the ideal solution for tech-savvy business professionals who want to build and manage their own online databases to streamline business operations. Designed for non-programmers, Caspio's cloud platform provides everything you need to build powerful online databases quickly. Caspio has been perfecting its NO CODE development platform since 2000 and is ranked a 'Leader' by Forrester. Find out why Caspio is trusted by thousands of companies worldwide. Get started for FREE. Learn more about Caspio

Caspio's all-in-one platform provides everything tech-savvy business professionals need to manage online databases without coding. Learn more about Caspio

Fully certified by USPS, AccuMail Verify & Frameworks: - Validates, corrects and standardizes addresses - Cuts waste with advanced duplicate detection technology - Is easily integrated into virtually any application - Is fully scalable to the size of your organization, including multiuser environments - Offers optional integrated real-time change-of-address processing - Is available in a PAVE Certified Mailers Edition for postal presorting Learn more about AccuMail Address & Data Quality

USPS CASS Certified, validates and and corrects both at point of entry and across your entire database. Learn more about AccuMail Address & Data Quality

TeamDesk

by ForeSoft

TeamDesk is a web-based database aimed to facilitate working with data, organize and store information you are using in your routine work, create an easily accessible data source for your team. The system is fully customizable: you can manage your data the way you want to and modify the application any time you need to reflect each and every detail important in your business. TeamDesk provides unlimited records, unlimited storage, unlimited support, stable rates and free trial. Learn more about TeamDesk

Design web-based database applications or use predefined solutions to gather, share and manage business information. Learn more about TeamDesk

Knack is a no-code relational database that anyone can use to create 100% customized web applications. Build a CRM/Lead Manager, Membership Directory, Project Manager, Inventory Manager, Quote/Order Manager or HIPAA compliant app! Features include workflow rules, user permissions, email alerts, forms with logic, images, and file storage. Embed any app in your website for a branded experience. Built for desktop and mobile! Learn more about Knack

Enables anyone to build simple web apps and online databases. Learn more about Knack

IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager is a robust performance monitoring, alerting and diagnostics solution for Microsoft SQL Server -- on-premise and in the cloud. It proactively notifies of health, performance, and availability problems via a desktop, web, and mobile console. It minimizes costly server downtime with agent-less, real-time monitoring and customizable alerting for quick diagnosis and remediation. Learn more about SQL Diagnostic Manager

Find and fix database performance problems with effective monitoring, alerting, diagnostics, and reporting for Microsoft SQL Server. Learn more about SQL Diagnostic Manager

Pragmatic Workbench is an application that contains features of four Pragmatic Works products; BI xPress, DBA xPress, DOC xPress and LegiTest. It allows for Enterprise SSIS Auditing/Monitoring/Notifications, Database Snapshots & Documentation, Object Lineage to Trace Source Data, Metadata Management with Enterprise Data Dictionary, Unit Testing for Database and BI Objects (SSIS, SSAS, SSRS) and Cross-Platform Data Validation. Learn more about Pragmatic Workbench

Pragmatic Workbench Greatly Enhances Microsoft SQL Server Management, Development, Documentation, and Testing. Learn more about Pragmatic Workbench

VeryConnect's database management software enables you to structure and organise you data simply and securely. Our expert team work with you to design a database tailored to your needs. We will ensure your database is GDPR-compliant and your data is available, encrypted and quickly accessible. Request a demo from our helpful UK team today. Learn more about VeryConnect

GDPR-compliant database management software for securely storing and accessing your data. Request a demo today. Learn more about VeryConnect

SpeedBase Professional

by InfoLine Software

SpeedBase is a relational database software to quickly save, manage and search any type of business information. You may run it both online or offline on your local network, VPN or via your existing SQL server. It is perfectly suitable to save sensitive data within the safety of your pc or closed network without any need of internet or shared servers. You may build a crm, project manager, medical records db or anything else in minutes without technical skills or coding. Learn more about SpeedBase Professional

Create your own custom business database to save and manage any information w/o coding. Can run offline and supports SQL server. Learn more about SpeedBase Professional

GCP offers wide range of managed database services across relational and non-relational workloads. Learn more about Google Cloud Platform

GCP offers wide range of managed database services across relational and non-relational workloads. Learn more about Google Cloud Platform

Database and analysis offering for rapidly delivering the next generation of scalable e-commerce & line-of-business solutions. Learn more about SQL Server

Database and analysis offering for rapidly delivering the next generation of scalable e-commerce & line-of-business solutions. Learn more about SQL Server

Commercial customers have the flexibility of choosing from multiple editions to meet specific business & technical requirements: Learn more about MySQL

Commercial customers have the flexibility of choosing from multiple editions to meet specific business & technical requirements: Learn more about MySQL

Solution for creating web forms and databases online where no progamming is required. Learn more about QuintaDB

Solution for creating web forms and databases online where no progamming is required. Learn more about QuintaDB

Big Data system, that consists of in-memory technology, analytics database, and event processing. Learn more about SAP HANA

Big Data system, that consists of in-memory technology, analytics database, and event processing. Learn more about SAP HANA

Quick Base online databases can help you collaborate more efficiently and work more productively with your entire team. Learn more about QuickBase

Quick Base online databases can help you collaborate more efficiently and work more productively with your entire team. Learn more about QuickBase

Leading enterprise-grade relational database that offers secure data management and transaction processing. Learn more about Oracle Database

Leading enterprise-grade relational database that offers secure data management and transaction processing. Learn more about Oracle Database

PostgreSQL

by PostgreSQL Global Development Group

Free open source post-relational database system. Leading choice by Developers and DBAs world-wide. Robust, secure, high performance. Learn more about PostgreSQL

Free open source post-relational database system. Leading choice by Developers and DBAs world-wide. Robust, secure, high performance. Learn more about PostgreSQL

Create custom apps to meet your unique business needs Learn more about The FileMaker Platform

Create custom apps to meet your unique business needs Learn more about The FileMaker Platform

ImportOmatic

by Omatic Software

ImportOmatic is fast and easy data integration for Blackbaud's Raiser's Edge and Raiser's Edge NXT. Learn more about ImportOmatic

ImportOmatic is fast and easy data integration for Blackbaud's Raiser's Edge and Raiser's Edge NXT. Learn more about ImportOmatic

ClusterControl

by Severalnines

ClusterControl is an integrated deployment, monitoring, and management automation system for open source databases. Learn more about ClusterControl

ClusterControl is an integrated deployment, monitoring, and management automation system for open source databases. Learn more about ClusterControl

Amazon SimpleDB

by Amazon Web Services

Amazon SimpleDB is a highly available and flexible non-relational data store that offloads the work of database administration. Learn more about Amazon SimpleDB

Amazon SimpleDB is a highly available and flexible non-relational data store that offloads the work of database administration. Learn more about Amazon SimpleDB

ScaleGrid

by ScaleGrid

Fully managed MongoDB, Redis, MySQL and PostgreSQL hosting in the cloud. Deploy, monitor, backup, and scale your SQL and NoSQL clusters Learn more about ScaleGrid

Fully managed MongoDB, Redis, MySQL and PostgreSQL hosting in the cloud. Deploy, monitor, backup, and scale your SQL and NoSQL clusters Learn more about ScaleGrid

Open source database engine used by applications due to its compact size, cross platform stability and serverless functionality. Learn more about SQLite

Open source database engine used by applications due to its compact size, cross platform stability and serverless functionality. Learn more about SQLite

Database administration tool that allows you to simultaneously connect to MySQL,MariaDB, SQL Server, Oracle, and more. Learn more about Navicat Premium

Database administration tool that allows you to simultaneously connect to MySQL,MariaDB, SQL Server, Oracle, and more. Learn more about Navicat Premium

Help Desk Migration

by Help Desk Migration

Help Desk Migration is a unique service that allows to move data from one help desk system to another. Learn more about Help Desk Migration

Help Desk Migration is a unique service that allows to move data from one help desk system to another. Learn more about Help Desk Migration

Aiven PostgreSQL is a scalable, fully-managed DBaaS available on AWS, GCP, Microsoft Azure, DigitalOcean, and UpCloud platforms. Learn more about Aiven PostgreSQL

Aiven PostgreSQL is a scalable, fully-managed DBaaS available on AWS, GCP, Microsoft Azure, DigitalOcean, and UpCloud platforms. Learn more about Aiven PostgreSQL

Kohezion

by Kohezion

Powerful online database software designed for small and medium businesses. Create business applications without programming. Learn more about Kohezion

Powerful online database software designed for small and medium businesses. Create business applications without programming. Learn more about Kohezion

Multi-user object-relational database for complex configurations and large database needs. Learn more about IBM Db2

Multi-user object-relational database for complex configurations and large database needs. Learn more about IBM Db2

Scalabale and reliable SQL database that is an enhanced, drop-in replacement for MySQL. Learn more about MariaDB

Scalabale and reliable SQL database that is an enhanced, drop-in replacement for MySQL. Learn more about MariaDB

Apache Cassandra

by Apache Software Foundation

Database management solution made to manage large amounts of data across many commodity servers. Learn more about Apache Cassandra

Database management solution made to manage large amounts of data across many commodity servers. Learn more about Apache Cassandra

Ispirer MnMTK 2017

by Ispirer Systems

Ispirer MnMTK, former SQLWays, is a Toolkit that performs automated database and application migration between major environments. Learn more about Ispirer MnMTK 2017

Ispirer MnMTK, former SQLWays, is a Toolkit that performs automated database and application migration between major environments. Learn more about Ispirer MnMTK 2017

Inteum

by Inteum Company

An innovation management software that streamlines the whole technology supply chain, from IP to monetization. Learn more about Inteum

An innovation management software that streamlines the whole technology supply chain, from IP to monetization. Learn more about Inteum

Database management solution that allows you to easily scale your databases based on need. Learn more about Redis Enterprise

Database management solution that allows you to easily scale your databases based on need. Learn more about Redis Enterprise

Combine the power of low-code process development with advanced business and systems integration and automation. Learn more about Linx Low-Code Development

Combine the power of low-code process development with advanced business and systems integration and automation. Learn more about Linx Low-Code Development

Designed to deliver high performance, diverse queries, in-database analytics & sophisticated workload management. Learn more about Teradata Database

Designed to deliver high performance, diverse queries, in-database analytics & sophisticated workload management. Learn more about Teradata Database

Graph DB

by Ontotext

A semantic repository, a NoSQL database system used for storage, querying, and management of structured and unstructured data. Learn more about Graph DB

A semantic repository, a NoSQL database system used for storage, querying, and management of structured and unstructured data. Learn more about Graph DB

Multi-Entity Management

by Binary Stream Software

Multi-Entity Management (MEM) enables real-time reporting across all of your entities without the need for spreadsheets. Learn more about Multi-Entity Management

Multi-Entity Management (MEM) enables real-time reporting across all of your entities without the need for spreadsheets. Learn more about Multi-Entity Management

Monyog (SQL DM for MySQL) provides critical insights and alerts to figure out the cause of database performance degradation. Learn more about Monyog

Monyog (SQL DM for MySQL) provides critical insights and alerts to figure out the cause of database performance degradation. Learn more about Monyog

DataFox is a company intelligence platform that helps you find and prioritize your target accounts to grow pipeline. Learn more about DataFox

DataFox is a company intelligence platform that helps you find and prioritize your target accounts to grow pipeline. Learn more about DataFox

Active Query Builder

by Active Database Software

A component to build SQL queries via the intuitive drag'n'drop interface for users with no SQL experience to enable safe access to data Learn more about Active Query Builder

A component to build SQL queries via the intuitive drag'n'drop interface for users with no SQL experience to enable safe access to data Learn more about Active Query Builder

Forms

by Sonadier

Drag-and-drop database apps you can use from any device. Learn more about Forms

Drag-and-drop database apps you can use from any device. Learn more about Forms

Our tool provides you the best solution to convert from Thunderbird into Outlook. Learn more about Thunderbird Outlook Converter

Our tool provides you the best solution to convert from Thunderbird into Outlook. Learn more about Thunderbird Outlook Converter

DBHawk

by Datasparc

DBHawk provides secure insights to your SQL-NoSQL data with powerful Query/SQL Editor/Dashboard builder and many advanced features. Learn more about DBHawk

DBHawk provides secure insights to your SQL-NoSQL data with powerful Query/SQL Editor/Dashboard builder and many advanced features. Learn more about DBHawk

ONTAP

by NetApp

Software to allow users to improve storage efficiency by remotely controlling digital infrastructure. Learn more about ONTAP

Software to allow users to improve storage efficiency by remotely controlling digital infrastructure. Learn more about ONTAP

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Database Management software stores data in a structured format so it can be easily managed and retrieved.


Database Management Software Buyers' Guide

1. What is database management software?

Database management software helps businesses capture, store, and organize their structured and unstructured data. These systems include a set of tools that allows users to manage, manipulate, and combine disparate data sets from multiple non-relational data sources into an integrated company-wide database.


2. The benefits of database management software

Database management software helps users create a single data source that can be leveraged by multiple users simultaneously. Most importantly, it helps enforce safety standards for a business’ data. It helps organizations make better, broader, and more efficient use of their key data by combining capabilities for data manipulation, analytics, and reporting.

Specific benefits include:

  • Minimized data redundancy: A database acts as a collective repository of a business’ data that can be accessed by individuals, teams, or departments. When records are changed in one central system, they’re simultaneously updated across all other instances in real time, ensuring that all users have the latest version. This eliminates data inconsistencies and redundant updates at the individual or departmental level.

  • Create backups to prevent data loss: Data is the most critical resource in any organization; businesses cannot afford to lose it. Database management software provides both manual and recurring backups, ensuring complete data recovery in case of human error or natural disaster.

  • Increase data search speed: Database management software is capable of handling thousands of search queries simultaneously from multiple users, providing answers almost instantaneously.

3. Typical features of database management software

Typical Features Description
Data management Store, categorize, manage, update, and retrieve data from the database based on user commands.
Data retrieval Acquire specific data from a database by submitting certain queries or commands.
Queries Enter a set of instructions to perform specific actions (such as updating, retrieval, and calculations) in the database.
Data replication Create duplicate instances of a database across multiple servers and use them as distributed databases where users can access data relevant to their task without interfering with others’ work.
Data security Ensure the security of the database facility, including data, database applications, servers, and associated network links from malicious attacks, illegitimate use, or external threats.
Database conversion Transfer data from one database to another (aka data migration).
Features w/ descriptions
Data management: Store, categorize, manage, update, and retrieve data from the database based on user commands.
Data retrieval: Acquire specific data from a database by submitting certain queries or commands.
Queries: Enter a set of instructions to perform specific actions (such as updating, retrieval, and calculations) in the database.
Data replication: Create duplicate instances of a database across multiple servers and use them as distributed databases where users can access data relevant to their task without interfering with others’ work.
Data security: Ensure the security of the database facility, including data, database applications, servers, and associated network links from malicious attacks, illegitimate use, or external threats.
Database conversion: Transfer data from one database to another (aka data migration).

4. The cost of database management software

There is no fixed pricing structure for database management software. Different vendors offer varying pricing models based on factors such as usage, perpetual license, monthly/annual subscriptions, and per server or instance.

Here are two popular pricing models for database management solutions:

Model Cost*
Per-user subscription pricing Basic plans typically begin around $10 per user, per month
Perpetual pricing (one-time license) $4,750 - 47,500 (this includes the cost of physical servers and necessary hardware)
Models w/ costs
Per-user subscription pricing: Basic plans typically begin around $10 per user, per month
Perpetual pricing (one-time license): $4,750 - 47,500 (this includes the cost of physical servers and necessary hardware)

*The pricing included in the table is for the entry-level/lowest priced offering that was found on vendor websites on July 17, 2018.

Most database management software vendors don’t disclose their pricing, making it difficult for small businesses to compare solutions. Compile a shortlist of vendors, and contact each for pricing details based on your needs (such as deployment preference, storage space, speed, number of virtual machines, and support requirements). This way, you’ll have a personalized quote for the solution that meets your business’ exact needs.


5. Considerations when purchasing database management software

  • Deployment options: Database management software is available in a variety of deployment options, including self-hosted, cloud-hosted by the vendor, or cloud-hosted by a third party. Self-hosted solutions often incur high one-time licensing costs on top of software update costs, but offer a faster data transfer speed. For cloud-hosted solutions, monthly or annual subscription costs are generally lower, making the solutions more economical when you need to scale. However, these systems present challenges in the transfer speed of large-volume data sets when compared to on-premise systems.

  • Data models: Database management solutions are available in two variants: relational software that works on structured data and non-relational software that works on both structured and unstructured data sources. Businesses should determine whether a product works on structured, unstructured, or both data types when compiling a software shortlist.

  • Implementation and service costs: Database management software isn’t cheap; it often involves a high initial investment, as well as recurring support and maintenance costs. Consider the pricing options available to your business when you start searching for software, weigh your needs and budget constraints, and select accordingly.

6. Relevant database management software trends

  • Database management is getting smarter with machine learning and artificial intelligence: As the volume of data keeps increasing, it’s becoming more difficult and complex for database administrators to manage and configure database settings such as memory usage, read/write speed, and data storage for optimal use. Database management software now offers built-in machine learning capabilities that examine previous settings and determine how the system responds to different configurations. It then automatically fine-tunes the system with recommended configurations, saving administrators time and effort.

  • Cloud-based deployment is on the rise: More and more buyers are interested in cloud-based database management software deployment, which saves them from having to install expensive servers at their office and avoids the complexity of handling those servers and networks.

  • Non-relational database management systems are gaining traction: The demand for non-relational database management software (also known as NoSQL DBMS)—which accounted for less than five percent of the overall database market in 2016-17—is on the rise due to these systems’ ability to manage both structured and unstructured data sets.

Sources

The pricing ranges exclude freemium versions of the products. The features were identified based on their relevance and the percentage of products in Capterra’s database that offer them.

The following sources were used for this document:

  1. How Much Does Database Management Software Cost, Capterra (Date accessed: July 17, 2018)
  2. State of the Operational DBMS Market, 2017, Gartner (Date accessed: July 17, 2018)
  3. Top 5 Tech Trends for Small Business, Capterra (Date accessed: August 10, 2018)
  4. Database Management Software Buyer’s Guide, SoftwareAdvice (Date accessed: August 10, 2018)
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