Gartner recently published its Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems (DBMS).
Quick definition digression: Gartner defines a DBMS as “a complete software system used to define, create, manage, update and query a database.” A database is an organized collection of data that can be organized in multiple formats and stored in a storage medium, be it hard-disk drives, solid-state drives, flash memory or DRAM.
The database market is always evolving and changing to meet the growing demands of customers; this latest report includes over 30 vendors, leaving little doubt about the crowded nature of the market. Microsoft and Oracle retained their top positions, while AWS solidified its status as a database leader.
Our team has deep experience with Oracle, Microsoft and AWS, and it’s no surprise to see all three of them among the top performers in the Leaders quadrant for their completeness of vision and their ability to execute. Let’s take a look at each of their strengths.
Microsoft’s market vision in database management is unparalleled, according to Gartner. It consists of NoSQL, cloud offerings, the use of analytics in transactions, and support for mobility. As hybrid cloud becomes a more appealing option across the enterprise, offering hybrid cloud implementations and a “cloud first” strategy is important. Gartner praised Microsoft SQL Server, particularly its ability to execute, and also noted that performance, support, ease of installation, integration and operation all rated highly among customers.
Though Microsoft leapfrogged over Oracle in this year’s Magic Quadrant, Gartner noted how Oracle still has the broadest product portfolio in this market, covering DBMS for a number of different purposes, including relational database management systems, NoSQL, streaming data and mobile. Oracle also offers delivery in the cloud, on appliances, and as stand-alone software. What’s more, in response to customer demand, Oracle now offers flexible configurations for its DBMS, reducing entry and upgrade costs – both of those points had previously been listed as barriers to adoption.
Meanwhile, AWS burst onto the Magic Quadrant scene this year, with Gartner applauding their wide range of product capabilities, spanning both relational and NoSQL technologies. As we saw with all of the announcements at re:Invent, AWS is no stranger to releasing new products that meet or exceed the market’s demands. It’s a big reason why we love working with them, and we’re happy to offer a high performance Database as a Service to provide both real-time enterprise production database requirements and secure off-site data backup.
Enterprises have countless reasons for needing a DBMS, so it’s great that there are so many options out there. Of course, with a variety of choices, it’s imperative to do your research before making a decision. Every solution is different, and the importance of finding a DBMS that suits your specific goals cannot be understated. For more on what some of those options look like, please visit our Database Management page.