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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

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

Snowflake

by Snowflake Computing

Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse reinvents what is possible with data warehousing. Learn more about Snowflake

Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse reinvents what is possible with data warehousing. Learn more about Snowflake

Heimdall Data

by Heimdall Data

Improve SQL read/write performance with ZERO application changes. No code changes. Heimdall is deployed transparently. Learn more about Heimdall Data

Improve SQL read/write performance with ZERO application changes. No code changes. Heimdall is deployed transparently. Learn more about Heimdall Data

TablePlus

by TablePlus

Database management application that allows one to easily edit databases and their structure. Learn more about TablePlus

Database management application that allows one to easily edit databases and their structure. Learn more about TablePlus

dbFront

by dbFront Works

Quickly create dynamic and powerful web applications using your existing SQL Server, MySQL or Oracle database. No code required. Learn more about dbFront

Quickly create dynamic and powerful web applications using your existing SQL Server, MySQL or Oracle database. No code required. Learn more about dbFront

Delphix

by Delphix

Delphix delivers data at the speed of business by enabling secure, automated, self-service access to production quality data. Learn more about Delphix

Delphix delivers data at the speed of business by enabling secure, automated, self-service access to production quality data. Learn more about Delphix

DaDaBIK

by DaDaBIK

Allows businesses to create a basic CRUD database front-end or a more complex Web database application without coding. Learn more about DaDaBIK

Allows businesses to create a basic CRUD database front-end or a more complex Web database application without coding. Learn more about DaDaBIK

Powerful data replication suite designed for MS Windows Servers and Workstations. It optimized for data migration and replicaiton. Learn more about GS RichCopy 360 Enterprise

Powerful data replication suite designed for MS Windows Servers and Workstations. It optimized for data migration and replicaiton. Learn more about GS RichCopy 360 Enterprise

The easiest way to organize your data into centralized SQL databases solution, where you can control, customize, share and collaborate Learn more about Worksheet Systems

The easiest way to organize your data into centralized SQL databases solution, where you can control, customize, share and collaborate Learn more about Worksheet Systems

Build tasks to process data - Upload, Edit, Validate or Report data using tables or stored procedures. MS SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL .. Learn more about Excel Database Tasks (EDT)

Build tasks to process data - Upload, Edit, Validate or Report data using tables or stored procedures. MS SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL .. Learn more about Excel Database Tasks (EDT)

Firebird

by Firebird Foundation

Free open source relational database for Windows/Linux/MacOS/Android, with native drivers for JDBC,NET, Node.JS, Delphi, PHP, Python. Learn more about Firebird

Free open source relational database for Windows/Linux/MacOS/Android, with native drivers for JDBC,NET, Node.JS, Delphi, PHP, Python. Learn more about Firebird

VividCortex

by VividCortex

VividCortex provides deep database insights for performance, efficiency, and uptime with unprecedented 1 second granularity. Learn more about VividCortex

VividCortex provides deep database insights for performance, efficiency, and uptime with unprecedented 1 second granularity. Learn more about VividCortex

CONNX

by Software AG

Data Access enabling SQL access to legacy, relational, non-relational, desktop, and cloud databases. Data Movement/Replication w/CDC. Learn more about CONNX

Data Access enabling SQL access to legacy, relational, non-relational, desktop, and cloud databases. Data Movement/Replication w/CDC. Learn more about CONNX

Couchbase NoSQL database provides easy scalability, consistent high performance, 24x365 availability and a flexible data model. Learn more about Couchbase Server

Couchbase NoSQL database provides easy scalability, consistent high performance, 24x365 availability and a flexible data model. Learn more about Couchbase Server

An integrated environment for SQL Server, MySQL and MariaDB, Oracle, PostgreSQL,management, administration,data reporting and analysis. Learn more about dbForge Studio

An integrated environment for SQL Server, MySQL and MariaDB, Oracle, PostgreSQL,management, administration,data reporting and analysis. Learn more about dbForge Studio

Orgzit

by P3Infotech Solutions

Orgzit is a powerful unified business management tool that empowers teams to track, manage and analyze any information. Learn more about Orgzit

Orgzit is a powerful unified business management tool that empowers teams to track, manage and analyze any information. Learn more about Orgzit

ARCS

by Marketing Systems Group

An all in one tool offering Panel Management, Multi Mode Data Collection, Automated Recruiting, custom Report Building and more. Learn more about ARCS

An all in one tool offering Panel Management, Multi Mode Data Collection, Automated Recruiting, custom Report Building and more. Learn more about ARCS

Percona Server for MySQL is a free, fully compatible, enhanced, open source drop-in replacement for MySQL. Learn more about Percona Server

Percona Server for MySQL is a free, fully compatible, enhanced, open source drop-in replacement for MySQL. Learn more about Percona Server

Maximize application availability and reduce DB2 operating costs while avoiding business outages. Learn more about Data Management for DB2 on zOS

Maximize application availability and reduce DB2 operating costs while avoiding business outages. Learn more about Data Management for DB2 on zOS

MarkLogic

by MarkLogic

Enterprise NoSQL database, a new generation database built with a flexible data model to store, manage, and search today's data. Learn more about MarkLogic

Enterprise NoSQL database, a new generation database built with a flexible data model to store, manage, and search today's data. Learn more about MarkLogic

PopSQL

by PopSQL

Modern SQL editor for teams that lets you write queries, visualize your data, and collaborate with your team. Learn more about PopSQL

Modern SQL editor for teams that lets you write queries, visualize your data, and collaborate with your team. Learn more about PopSQL

Enterprise-class relational database management system (RDBMS) that is built on PostgreSQL. Learn more about Postgres Plus Advanced Server

Enterprise-class relational database management system (RDBMS) that is built on PostgreSQL. Learn more about Postgres Plus Advanced Server

An automation tool that allows you to upload and download data to and from SAP with Excel without coding. Learn more about Process Runner

An automation tool that allows you to upload and download data to and from SAP with Excel without coding. Learn more about Process Runner

PromptCloud

by PromptCloud

PromptCloud is a web scraping service provider catering to the big data requirements of enterprises. Learn more about PromptCloud

PromptCloud is a web scraping service provider catering to the big data requirements of enterprises. Learn more about PromptCloud

Robot

by HelpSystems

For 30+ years, Robot has enabled IT to confidently run their IBM i systems unattended with powerful software and world-class support. Learn more about Robot

For 30+ years, Robot has enabled IT to confidently run their IBM i systems unattended with powerful software and world-class support. Learn more about Robot

Valentina Studio

by Paradigma Software

Best free database administration tool on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Pro version adds SQL DIFF, query builder, reports and more. Learn more about Valentina Studio

Best free database administration tool on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Pro version adds SQL DIFF, query builder, reports and more. Learn more about Valentina Studio

Compose

by Compose

One click database hosting: production-ready, cloud-hosted, open source solution. Learn more about Compose

One click database hosting: production-ready, cloud-hosted, open source solution. Learn more about Compose

Data Controller

by Macro People

Enables business users to safely add, modify, and delete data in any database (SAS/Access engine required) Learn more about Data Controller

Enables business users to safely add, modify, and delete data in any database (SAS/Access engine required) Learn more about Data Controller

Proactive data management solutions to build a data-driven business. More than 4 million users worldwide as the #1 tool in DB mgmt. Learn more about Database Management Solutions

Proactive data management solutions to build a data-driven business. More than 4 million users worldwide as the #1 tool in DB mgmt. Learn more about Database Management Solutions

DBArtisan is a comprehensive database administration solution to manage multiple DBMSs from one central console. Learn more about DBArtisan

DBArtisan is a comprehensive database administration solution to manage multiple DBMSs from one central console. Learn more about DBArtisan

Meld Tables

by Meld Database

Easily build custom, cross-platform solutions to track, manage and organize anything. Learn more about Meld Tables

Easily build custom, cross-platform solutions to track, manage and organize anything. Learn more about Meld Tables

Brilliant Database

by Binary Brilliant

On-premise database solutions that allows the creation of forms, scripts, queries, and reports to use in any kind of database. Learn more about Brilliant Database

On-premise database solutions that allows the creation of forms, scripts, queries, and reports to use in any kind of database. Learn more about Brilliant Database

Database Oasis

by MFK Solutions

Tool to create databases where simple click interface allows you to tell it what data you want to store and how you want it presented. Learn more about Database Oasis

Tool to create databases where simple click interface allows you to tell it what data you want to store and how you want it presented. Learn more about Database Oasis

A spreadsheet style online database builder to enable business of all sizes to develop their own databases. Learn more about Ragic Builder

A spreadsheet style online database builder to enable business of all sizes to develop their own databases. Learn more about Ragic Builder

PHPMagic

by Website Databases

Windows software that enables you to build professional php mysql web databases with no programming experience needed. Learn more about PHPMagic

Windows software that enables you to build professional php mysql web databases with no programming experience needed. Learn more about PHPMagic

/db

by SlashDB

Connect all databases and construct a REST/HTTP web service to make managing databases easy and secure. Learn more about /db

Connect all databases and construct a REST/HTTP web service to make managing databases easy and secure. Learn more about /db

Aerospike

by Aerospike

Aerospike is the only NoSQL database for missions critical applications delivering speed at scale. Learn more about Aerospike

Aerospike is the only NoSQL database for missions critical applications delivering speed at scale. Learn more about Aerospike

Aireforge Studio is a database management solution to analyze, secure, synchronize and tune your SQL Server & Azure SQL databases. Learn more about Aireforge Studio

Aireforge Studio is a database management solution to analyze, secure, synchronize and tune your SQL Server & Azure SQL databases. Learn more about Aireforge Studio

Database Labs

by Database Labs

Get a Postgres Database as a Service in minutes with backups, patches, and maintenance. Learn more about Database Labs

Get a Postgres Database as a Service in minutes with backups, patches, and maintenance. Learn more about Database Labs

HanDbase

by DDH Software

Mobile platform database which enables entering and viewing data through the creation of custom solutions. Learn more about HanDbase

Mobile platform database which enables entering and viewing data through the creation of custom solutions. Learn more about HanDbase

Column-oriented RDBMS architecture that provides blinding ad-hoc query performance for data marts and data warehouses. Learn more about HPE Vertica Analytics Platform

Column-oriented RDBMS architecture that provides blinding ad-hoc query performance for data marts and data warehouses. Learn more about HPE Vertica Analytics Platform

A flexible and easy to use database management solution available via app or desktop version. Learn more about Memento Database

A flexible and easy to use database management solution available via app or desktop version. Learn more about Memento Database

Qbase

by QbaseSoft

A highly customizable database creation and management tool with pre-designed templates for small business users. Learn more about Qbase

A highly customizable database creation and management tool with pre-designed templates for small business users. Learn more about Qbase

Raima provides superior embedded and in-memory database solutions adding unique value across a broad range of applications. Learn more about Raima Database Manager

Raima provides superior embedded and in-memory database solutions adding unique value across a broad range of applications. Learn more about Raima Database Manager

Riak

by Basho Technologies

Riak KV is available open source and is a NoSQL database with built-in high availability, fault tolerance, and scalability. Learn more about Riak

Riak KV is available open source and is a NoSQL database with built-in high availability, fault tolerance, and scalability. Learn more about Riak

Unified performance for converged IT Infrastructure, Networks and Data Centers. Discover how Traverse Monitoring can help you. Learn more about Traverse Monitoring

Unified performance for converged IT Infrastructure, Networks and Data Centers. Discover how Traverse Monitoring can help you. Learn more about Traverse Monitoring

Trunao

by Trunao

Convert Excel spreadsheets to a cloud database, build an asset management tracker, and create surveys without any coding knowledge. Learn more about Trunao

Convert Excel spreadsheets to a cloud database, build an asset management tracker, and create surveys without any coding knowledge. Learn more about Trunao

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What is Database Management Software?

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

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • 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 these products. The features were identified based on their relevance and the percentage of products in Capterra 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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