Database Management Systems

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Liquibase is a database change management tool that helps teams release software faster and safer by bringing the database change process into existing CI/CD automation. According to the 2021 Accelerate State of DevOps Report, elite performers are 3.4 times more likely to incorporate…

InterSystems IRIS

InterSystems IRIS is a complete cloud-first data platform that includes a multi-model transactional data management engine, an application development platform, and interoperability engine, and an open analytics platform.It is is the next generation of InterSystems' data management…

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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) enables deep visibility into database performance and expert advice for performance optimization and tuning. What can you monitor with DPA? OracleOracle ExadataOracle EBSMicrosoft SQL Server Azure SQL DatabaseAzure SQL Database Managed…

SolarWinds SQL Sentry

SolarWinds SQL Sentry is designed to help data professionals optimize SQL Server database performance in physical, virtual, and cloud environments. SQL Sentry delivers metrics to help users find and fix database performance problems and provides scalability, boasting demonstrated…

Oracle Autonomous Database

Oracle Autonomous Database provides a self-driving, self-securing, self-repairing cloud service that eliminate the overhead and human errors associated with traditional database administration. Oracle Autonomous Database takes care of configuration, tuning, backup, patching, encryption,…

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Liquibase is a database change management tool that helps teams release software faster and safer by bringing the database change process into existing CI/CD automation. According to the 2021 Accelerate State of DevOps Report, elite performers are 3.4 times more likely to incorporate…

InterSystems IRIS

InterSystems IRIS is a complete cloud-first data platform that includes a multi-model transactional data management engine, an application development platform, and interoperability engine, and an open analytics platform.It is is the next generation of InterSystems' data management…

SolarWinds Task Factory

According to the vendor, SolarWinds Task Factory saves time managing tedious ELT/ETL tasks with high-performing SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) components that can be used within the Visual Studio environment to connect to nearly any data source. Task Factory’s components…

Toad Database Developer Tools

Toad by Quest is a database management toolset that database developers, administrators and data analysts use to simplify workflows, create code free from defects, automate frequent or repetitive processes, and minimize risks. Editions include Toad for Oracle, which automates…


DbVisualizer is a multi-database tool for developers, analysts and database administrators, providing a single interface across a wide variety of operating systems. Boasting an easy-to-use and clean interface, the vendor states that DbVisualizer has proven to be one of the most cost…

Oracle Enterprise Manager

Oracle’s Enterprise Manager is an on-premises monitoring and management tool. The console is designed primarily to manage other Oracle products, it but can integrate to manage non-Oracle components as well.

dbForge Studio (Edge)

dbForge Studio is provided by Devart and is a universal front-end client for database management, administration and development. Devart's GUI tool provides utilities to compare, synchronize, and back up databases (e.g. MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, etc.) with scheduling,…

Redgate SQL Toolbelt Essentials

Redgate's SQL Toolbelt Essentials includes industry-standard tools for SQL Server development & deployment, enabling users to include SQL Server databases in agile processes and enabilng developers to embed robust and scalable development practices.

dbForge SQL Tools

SQL Complete is an advanced solution for SQL database development, management, and administration. Available as an add-in for Visual Studio and SSMS, the tool offers autocompletion capabilities. The solution helps users to write, beautify, and refactor SQL code with features that…


DBeaver offers comprehensive data management tools designed to help teams explore, process, and administrate SQL, NoSQL, and cloud data sources. DBeaver is available commercially as DBeaver PRO and for free as DBeaver Community.

Clear Analytics

Clear Analytics is a business intelligence solution that enables non technical end users to perform analytics by leveraging existing knowledge of Excel coupled with a built in query builder. Some key features include: Dynamic Data Refresh, Data Share and In-Excel Collaboration.

erwin Data Modeler

erwin Data Modeler by Quest is a data modeling tool used to find, visualize, design, deploy and standardize high-quality enterprise data assets. It can discover and document any data from anywhere for consistency, clarity and artifact reuse across large-scale data integration, master…

Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM)

Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM) is a free, open-source database monitoring and management solution. It helps enterprises reduce complexity and simplify management, while optimizing performance and improving the security of business-critical database environments - on-premises…

Oracle Coherence

Oracle Coherence is database management and development software.


According to the vendor, dbWatch is a complete and scalable database monitoring solution, helping enterprises monitor and manage any number of SQLServer and Oracle database servers efficiently. dbWatch also supports Azure, MySQL, PostgreSQL and Sybase. The vendor promises that dbWatch…

ApexSQL by Quest

ApexSQL is a software development company headquartered in Chapel Hill, US, and a Quest company. The company specializes in developing professional software tools for Microsoft SQL Server including tools for database auditing, recovery, change management, development, and documentation.…

IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager for SQL Server

SQL Diagnostic Manager for Microsoft SQL Server helps database administrators to find and fix Microsoft SQL Server performance problems in physical, virtual, and cloud environments. Unlike its competition, it provides effective scalability, advanced SQL query analysis and optimization,…


ClusterControl enables companies to deploy, manage, monitor and scale their databases on the technology stack of their choice. According to the vendor some key features and benefits include: Repeatable Deployments: Deploy standalone, replicated or clustered databases on the technology…

Redgate Flyway

Flyway, by Redgate, automates database deployments across teams and technologies. It is a database devops solution that is used to accelerate software delivery and ensure quality code.

SAP Replication Server

SAP's Sybase Replication Server is database development and management software.


DBArtisan from Embarcadero Technologies (acquired by Idera) is a database administration toolset.

Devart ODBC Driver

Devart ODBC Driver for Oracle provides a high-performance and feature-rich connectivity solution for ODBC-based applications to access Oracle databases from Windows, both 32-bit and 64-bit. Its full support for standard ODBC API functions and data types implemented in their driver…

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What are Database Management Systems?

Database management systems, or database management software include tools for the management, collection, organization, storage, utilization, and optimization of data within your database. These products support a variety of databases, such as SQL Server, MySQL, and PostgreSQL.

Database management software includes:

  • Database Performance Monitoring Tools – offer monitoring, diagnostics, and analytics with the goal of optimizing database performance
  • Database Productivity Tools – support database application development
  • Database Connectivity Tools – APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) provide the interfaces that allow applications to interact with different databases
  • Database Integration Tools – support integration and administration for relational databases and non-structured databases
  • Database Server Tools – administration tools for database servers

Organizations that have large scale, complex data requirements benefit from the extended features that database management software provides.

Database management systems are used by database administrators (DBAs), database designers, software developers, and managers.

Database Management System Features

Database management software generally has the following features:

  • Support multiple database models: relational, object-oriented, hierarchical, distributed, non-relational, and cloud-based
  • Support a variety of both proprietary and open-source database systems
  • Data migration, conversion, integration, and replication
  • Performance monitoring
  • Diagnostics
  • Optimization tools including those powered by machine learning
  • Analytics and reporting
  • Productivity, database application development support
  • APIs
  • Maintenance
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Security
  • Mobile access

Database Management System Comparison

When purchasing database management software, consider the following:

Open Source vs. Paid Database Management Systems: Both proprietary and open-source database management systems provide data management tools. An open source tool may be more configurable, but will require additional time and technical know how to set up and maintain. When considering costs, consider the cost of the employees who will have to maintain an open source product on an ongoing process rather than just the purchase price of a paid product.

Cloud Based Database Management Systems

Cloud based database management systems involve the implementation of a cloud database management platform, alongside necessary tools, policies, and other resources for controlling data that is stored in the cloud. Alternatively, cloud based database management systems can also help with hybrid set ups where data is collected from multiple sources such as a combination of on-premise and cloud-based infrastructure components.

Pricing Information

The cost of database management systems depends on the features and scalability. Pricing models include one-time fees for perpetual licenses, monthly/annual subscriptions, and pricing per user, database server, data volume, or CPU usage. Free, open-source products and free versions with limited features are available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does database management software do?

Database management software improves the management and expands the capabilities of database systems. The software facilitates the administration, collection, organization, utilization, and optimization of database resources.

What are the benefits of using database management software?

Database management software helps maximize the value of your organization’s database resources. It helps improve productivity, enhances your data’s integrity, security, and accessibility, and makes your operations more robust, efficient, and cost effective.

What are the best database management software products?

These are some of the popular database management software products:

How much does database management software cost?

Free, open-source options are available. Custom price quotes are based on the software’s features, scalability, number of users, or database servers supported.