KuppingerCole Report
Leadership Compass
By Alexei Balaganski

Enterprise Databases in the Cloud

This Leadership Compass provides an overview of the enterprise databases offered primarily as managed services to enable modern cloud-native application architectures as well as data processing and analytics at scale. We examine both the portfolios of large cloud service providers and innovative modern managed database offerings to provide you the guidance and recommendations for finding the right technology for your next application or a cloud migration project.

1 Introduction

As businesses continue embracing the cloud to achieve better agility and innovation, lower the time to market for their digital services, and eliminat ...

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1.1 Market Segment

Databases are arguably still the most widespread technology for storing and managing business-critical digital information. Sensitive financial transa ...

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1.2 Delivery models

Since this report focuses on enterprise databases in the cloud, we are explicitly excluding products that are primarily delivered for on-premises use ...

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1.3 Required Capabilities

When evaluating the products, besides looking at the aspects of

  • overall functionality
  • size of the company
  • number of customers
  • number of deve ...
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2 Leadership

Selecting a vendor of a product or service must not be only based on the comparison provided by a KuppingerCole Leadership Compass. The Leadership Com ...

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2.1 Overall Leadership

The Overall Leadership rating is a combined view of the three leadership categories: Product Leadership, Innovation Leadership, and Market Leadership. ...

The distribution of overall leaders across the rating axis is not at all surprising: the Leaders segment is mostly dominated by large cloud service pr ...

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2.2 Product Leadership

The first of the three specific Leadership ratings is about Product Leadership. This view is mainly based on the analysis of product/service features ...

In the Product Leadership rating, we look specifically for the functional strength of the vendors’ solutions, regardless of their current ability to ...

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2.3 Innovation Leadership

Another angle we take when evaluating products/services concerns innovation. Innovation is, from our perspective, a key capability in IT market segmen ...

When comparing the degree of innovation among vendors as diverse as we have in our rating, it is again not as easy to properly quantify their contribu ...

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2.4 Market Leadership

Here we look at Market Leadership qualities based on certain market criteria including but not limited to the number of customers, the partner ecosyst ...

Although Oracle has arguably the largest number of on-prem database customers, by far not all of them have already decided to migrate to the Oracle Cl ...

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3 Correlated View

While the Leadership charts identify leading vendors in certain categories, many customers are looking not only for, say, a product leader but for a v ...

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3.1 The Market/Product Matrix

The first of these correlated views looks at Product Leadership and Market Leadership.

Here one can identify which vendors are better positioned in our analysis of Product Leadership compared to their position in the Market Leadership an ...

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3.2 The Product/Innovation Matrix

The second view shows how Product Leadership and Innovation Leadership are correlated. Vendors below the line are more innovative, vendors above the l ...

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3.3 The Innovation/Market Matrix

The third matrix shows how Innovation Leadership and Market Leadership are related. Some vendors might perform well in the market without being Innova ...

Vendors below the line show, based on their ability to innovate, the biggest potential for improving their market position. These include both smaller ...

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4 Products and Vendors at a glance

This section provides an overview of the various products we have analyzed within this KuppingerCole Leadership Compass document. This overview goes i ...

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Besides, we provide four additional ratings for the vendors. These go beyond the product view provided in the previous section. While the rating for Financial Strength applies to the vendor, the other ratings apply to the product.

5 Product/Vendor Evaluation

This section contains a quick one-page rating for every enterprise cloud database offering we’ve included in this Leadership Compass. For some of th ...

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5.1 Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) is a multinational cloud service provider headquartered in Seattle, USA. A subsidiary of the American retail giant Ama ...

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5.2 Couchbase

Couchbase is a privately held database technology vendor headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Created in 2011 as a merger of teams behind two pop ...

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5.3 Delphix

Delphix is a privately held software development company headquartered in Redwood City, California, USA. It was founded in 2008 with a vision of a dyn ...

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5.4 IBM

IBM Corporation is a multinational technology and consulting company headquartered in Armonk, New York, USA. With over 100 years of history, IBM has e ...

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5.5 Microsoft

Microsoft is a multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA. Founded in 1975, it has risen to dominate the personal comp ...

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5.6 MongoDB

MongoDB, Inc. is the company behind the popular open-source database MongoDB. Founded in 2007 in New York, NY, the company has a strong global presenc ...

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5.7 Nutanix

Nutanix, Inc. is a cloud computing company well-known for its hyper-converged infrastructure and software-defined storage solutions. Founded in 2009 i ...

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5.8 Oracle

Oracle Corporation is an American multinational information technology company headquartered in Redwood Shores, California. Founded back in 1977, the ...

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6 Vendors to Watch

In addition to the vendors evaluated in detail in this Leadership Compass, there are several companies that for various reasons were unable to partici ...

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6.1 Google Cloud

Google LLC is a multinational company specializing in internet-related products and services, known primarily for its search engine, online advertisin ...

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6.2 SAP HANA Cloud

SAP is a multinational enterprise software vendor headquartered in Walldorf, Germany. The company is primarily known for its enterprise resource plann ...

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6.3 EnterpriseDB

EnterpriseDB is a privately held company based in Bedford, MA. Since 2004, the company has been providing enterprise-grade database solutions based on ...

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6.4 MariaDB SkyQL

MariaDB is a commercially supported open-source database, developed and maintained by the original developers of MySQL, arguably the most popular rela ...

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6.5 NuoDB

NuoDB is a database vendor based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company was founded in 2008 by a group of industry experts with a vision to reinvent ...

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6.6 Redis Enterprise Cloud

Redis Labs, based in Mountain View, California, is the company providing development and commercial support for Redis, one of the world’s most popul ...

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6.7 Snowflake Cloud Data Platform

Snowflake Inc. is a cloud data management company headquartered in San Mateo, California. Founded in 2012 by a group of data warehouse experts, the co ...

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6.8 Teradata Vantage

Teradata Corporation is a data management and intelligence vendor headquartered in San Diego, California. Founded in 1979, the company is one of the v ...

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6.9 TidalScale

Tidalscale is a provider of software-defined server solutions for data centers and the cloud. Founded in 2012 in Campbell, California, the company off ...

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