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Gartner’s 2021 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems

Solutions Review editors highlight what has changed since the last version of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems and provide analysis of the new report.

The analyst house Gartner, Inc. recently published the 2021 version of its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems. Gartner defines the market as being for products from vendors that “provide fully vendor-managed public or private cloud software systems that manage data in cloud storage. Data is stored in a cloud storage tier (such as a cloud object store, distributed data store, or other proprietary cloud storage infrastructure) and can use multiple data models – relational, non-relational (document, key-value, wide column, chart), geospatial, time series and others. »

The vendors listed in this space reflect optimization strategies designed to support transactions or analytical processing for one of several important use cases. The researcher does not include vendors that only provide infrastructure-hosted DBMS as a service. In terms of strategic planning, Gartner predicts that 75% of all databases will be deployed or migrated to a cloud platform by the end of this year. By 2023, cloud preference for data management “will shrink the vendor landscape while the growth of multicloud increases the complexity of data governance and integration.”

While the cloud DBMS market is now new, what is new, according to Gartner’s customer survey service, is cloud revenue growth, the percentage of cloud revenue to overall DBMS revenue, and declining interest in on-site products. There are also several major trends currently underway in this space, including multicloud, intercloud and hybrid cloud, flexible pricing models and financial governance, open source software, multimode cloud and serverless object stores. vs. “best fit” dbPaaS and cloud data. ecosystems.

In this Magic Quadrant, Gartner evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of 20 vendors that it considers to be the most important in the market and provides readers with a graph (the Magic Quadrant) plotting vendors based on their ability to execute and their complete vision. The graph is divided into four quadrants: niche players, challengers, visionaries and leaders. At Solutions Review, we read the report, available here, and released the main takeaways.

Gartner adjusts its evaluation and inclusion criteria for the Magic Quadrants as software markets evolve. As a result, Cockroach Labs, Couchbase, Exasol, MariaDB and SingleStore were added for 2022. Tencent was dropped as it did not meet Gartner’s inclusion criteria.

Amazon’s brief stint alone at the top of this Magic Quadrant appears to be over as Microsoft and even Oracle race for the top spot. However, AWS is the world’s largest cloud provider by revenue and boasts excellent performance and a wide range of services. Microsoft’s cloud data management offerings are comprehensive and include a clear migration path, as well as built-in multi-model capabilities. Oracle has customers in virtually every industry and vertical while offering a rich portfolio of cloud database solutions and a complete hybrid cloud environment for data sharing.

Google’s position among the leaders remained similar, with the search and cloud mega-provider holding a spot just outside the other dominant players. Google offers an open platform (BigQuery Omni), a multi-cloud offer and increased data management capabilities. Google is differentiated by an increasing vertical and sectoral orientation.

New leaders Snowflake and Databricks occupy the left side of the Leaders column for 2021, alongside major cloud database provider Alibaba Cloud. Snowflake has a strong market presence and a rapidly growing partner program, as well as unique data sharing and operational ease-of-use features. Alibaba Cloud is quickly becoming known for operational database services while innovating at scale. The supplier is also expanding into Asia, Europe and Latin America. Databricks presents its famous Lakehouse concept, its openness and its solution accelerators as key added values.

Redis retains its position in the Challengers bracket, joined this year by InterSytstems. InterSystems has a strong presence in the healthcare industry and offers a proven and reliable solution, according to Gartner. InterSystems’ loyal customer base and different methods of cloud deployment make this an interesting consideration. Redis offers enterprise cloud on all three major cloud providers. The product (Redis Enterprise Cloud) offers “extreme” performance and responds well to the growing use cases of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The Visionaries column features returnees Cloudera (albeit with a greatly improved position along Gartner’s Ability to Execute axis) and MarkLogic. Recent Cloudera investments have focused on cloud-native services, DBMS enhancements, and alignment of legacy Cloudera and Hortonworks products. Cloudera has a strong on-premises offering, a strong standing in the open source community, and different types of cloud deployments.

The quadrant of niche players is crowded for 2022, led by a cluster of vendors (Couchbase, SingleStore, MariaDB) in the upper third of the chart. Couchbase offers high-performance multimode capabilities, a number of deployment choices, and excellent sentiment from Gartner’s reference customers. SingleStore debuts with built-in transactions and analytics, high performance for a large number of transactions, and strong capabilities for data in motion. MariaDB is strong in unified operations and analytics, touts multicloud, hybrid, and Oracle compatibility, and a best-of-breed suite view for financial governance use cases.

HUAWEI CLOUD, Exasol and Cockroach Labs round out the Niche Players and 2022 Magic Quadrant. HUAWEI is primarily an Asia-only solution at present, but has expansion plans and a wide range of cloud wallet and device options. ecosystem from which to choose. Exasol is a mainstay in the data warehousing space and has traditionally focused on its analytics database system, but the vendor offers notable price and performance. Cockroach Labs is specifically designed for use cases that require consistent write operations across geographically distributed systems. Cockroach also touts multicloud, intercloud and hybrid

Read Gartner’s 2021 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems.

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