Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS) today announced the results of a new report that provides a comprehensive look at key trends and emerging technologies in the database ecosystem. With the proliferation of Big Data and a myriad of new database options, selecting the one best suited for specific business requirements is becoming more challenging, according to a survey of 300 IT and business leaders, analysts, developers and knowledge workers. Respondents were asked which technologies they are currently using and which ones they plan to implement within the next two years. The Progress® DataDirect® 2014 Data Connectivity Outlook survey shows that while established vendors still hold significant share, a new set of rising stars – many of them lower-cost alternatives - are emerging in the data source world. (Download the full report below.) The Rising Stars in Relational Database Technologies Not surprisingly, the mature relational database management systems (RDBMS) from Microsoft (SQL Server) and Oracle are the most widely adopted according to the report. However, the survey projects significant growth for emerging alternatives such as the community-developed MariaDB as well as the SAP HANA in-memory platform, over the next two years. Rising Stars in Enterprise Data Warehousing While respondents say Microsoft (SQL Server), Oracle and IBM (DB2) enterprise data warehousing technologies are the most widely deployed, the survey finds the largest future growth in this Big Data segment will come from vendors such as Teradata, Amazon Redshift, Exadata and EMC Greenplum. Amazon Redshift, a fast and powerful high-scale data warehouse service in the cloud, is projected to double in use over the next two years according to the poll. Rising Stars in Big Data and Hadoop-Based Systems When it comes to adoption of high-volume distributed file systems, the study found that open-source Apache, with its low cost of entry, is the clear leader being used by more than 45% of respondents. Vendors such as Microsoft (HD Insights) and Cloudera are the next closest competitors to Apache, each being used by more than 20% of the respondents.