Embedded Database Market is Highly Fragmented

7/29/2003 - DBMS vendors lack recognition, brand awareness, and domain experience in the embedded systems market, in addition to resources to market directly to embedded systems developers. Database management solutions at the device level are often application specific, requiring high performance, small footprint, high reliability, and zero administration. Unlike enterprise database developers, embedded developers do not have a market-dominating vendor that could be considered a standard.

Worldwide shipments of Database Management Solutions for Embedded Systems and Related Services,Segmented by Leading Vendors for 2002 in Alphabetical Order Within Tiers(Percent of Revenue)

Tier One

Tier Two

Tier Three

The market consists primarily of a number of smaller companies whose products and focus extend beyond embedded systems to satisfying the needs of database management solutions that span from the enterprise to embedded devices. "In order to satisfy their database management requirements, embedded developers are faced with a host of commercial solutions from a number of vendors advocating technical superiority and computing platform support," said Stephen Balacco, Embedded Software Analyst at VDC. "Rather than dedicate resources to conduct an extensive and costly evaluation of integrating commercially available solutions, embedded developers have been more inclined to develop their data management solutions in house."

VDC expects demand for commercially available database management solutions for embedded systems is being driven by OEMs developing sophisticated embedded devices with increasingly complex data to manage. These devices will offer value to businesses by extending data capture and manipulation at the fringe with interaction and mining at the enterprise level. As database vendor relationships mature with OS vendors, we expect these products to become integral components of end-to-end solutions offered to OEMs as part of pre-integrated platform solutions. By using commercially available database management solutions, OEMs can:

About VDC
Founded in 1971, VDC is a technology market research and consulting firm that specializes in industrial and commercial electronics, computing, communications, software and power systems markets.

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