The true picture of DevOps for the database

DevOps is moving into the mainstream as 80% plan to adopt DevOps over the next two years, according to a recent survey by Redgate Software among SQL Server professionals.

The State of Database DevOps Survey, which will be published in its entirety in the New Year, involved over 1,000 people from companies across the globe, and the respondents included database administrators, IT directors and developers.

Three DevOps findings

Firstly, nearly half (47%) of the companies in the survey have already adopted DevOps across some or all of their IT projects, and many more are preparing to follow them. Only a fifth of the respondents have no DevOps plans over the next two years.

Secondly, the main factor holding companies back from taking up DevOps is the lack of knowledge and skills in implementing it. This is surprising on the one hand, with the wealth of information that appears to exist about DevOps. It’s understandable in other ways, however, because unless you already practice DevOps, it’s hard to simply start doing it, particularly when there are cultural and organisational issues to overcome first.

Thirdly, the database brings its own challenges to DevOps. There are hurdles to synchronising application and database changes, and differences between the ways application and database developers work.

The database in the DevOps process

When published, the complete survey will go into more detail about the frequency of database deployments, the drawbacks of siloed database development, and the drivers for including the database in the DevOps process.

“This is an important piece of work,” says Kate Duggan, Redgate Product Marketing Manager, “because it gives us a real picture of DevOps for the database. Given the number of respondents, as well as the range of companies and organisations they represent, it’s an accurate snapshot of the promise of DevOps for SQL Server professionals – and the challenges our customers face.”


Edited from press release by Jordan Platt.