When to use a DBMS and the future of data warehousing data

When should we use a DBMS? And what is the future of data warehousing data management?

Unless you’re taking a very narrow view of what a DBMS is, such as strictly a multipurpose, row-based, non-appliance-model database management system, then you will use a DBMS for your data warehouse as a matter of course – at least for now.

The future of data warehousing data management has promising changes coming in the form of triple stores, solid state disks and phase-change memory systems. The vendors of those systems and devices will begin to argue that they are not tied to a DBMS in order to differentiate them from current technology.

However, at present, you would definitely put your data warehouse on a DBMS. From there, the data warehouse architecture can easily extend into all manner of storage technologies for data marts as well as business intelligence, data mining and analytics systems. 

This was first published in August 2010