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Big Data 2019: Cloud redefines the database and Machine Learning runs it

January 02, 2019 / Tony Baer

In the predictions game, it's time for us to bat clean-up once more. Following Big on Data bro Andrew Brust's roundup of AI-related predictions from a cross section of industry executives, now it's our turn. We'll focus mostly on what this all means to the database, a technology that after Y2K was thought to be entering its finished state. In 2019, we view the AI and the cloud as being the great disruptors. Let's paint the big picture first. At Ovum, we've long forecast that by 2019, half of all new Big Data workloads would run in the cloud. According to our latest data, that scenario is already bearing out, with our surveys showing roughly 45% of respondents reporting running at least some Big Data workloads in the cloud. The cloud's impact on databases is that it is redefining the basic architectural assumptions on how to design them and manage data.