KuppingerCole Report
Leadership Compass
By Alexei Balaganski

Database and Big Data Security

This Leadership Compass provides an overview of the market for database and big data security solutions along with guidance and recommendations for finding the sensitive data protection and governance products that best meet your requirements. We examine the broad range of technologies involved, vendor product and service functionality, relative market shares, and innovative approaches to implementing consistent and comprehensive data protection across your enterprise.

1 Introduction

Databases are arguably still the most widespread technology for storing and managing business-critical digital information. Manufacturing process para ...

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1.1 Market Segment

Because of the broad range of technologies involved in ensuring comprehensive data protection, the scope of this market segment is not that easy to de ...

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1.2 Delivery Models

Since most of the solutions covered in our rating are designed to offer comprehensive protection and governance for your data regardless of the IT env ...

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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. ...

Compared to the last year’s edition of this Leadership Compass, we can observe notable changes in the overall leadership rating. Oracle and IBM reta ...

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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 ...

Following them we have a tight group of companies that were also present among the leaders last year; in fact, the only notable change is Imperva impr ...

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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 ...

The rest of the vendors populate the Challengers segment, reflecting their continued investments into delivering new features in their solutions, whic ...

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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 ...

Again, completely unsurprisingly, most market leaders in our rating are large, veteran vendors with massive international presence, large partner netw ...

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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 ...

AWS and Microsoft in the top middle box indicate their strong market positions despite not focusing primarily on database security (even though both n ...

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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.

Vendor Innovativeness Market Position Financial Strength Ecosystem
Legend: criticalweakneutralpositivestrong positive
Amazon Web Services
comforte AG
Imperva (was acquired by Thoma Bravo)

5 Product/Vendor Evaluation

This section contains a quick one-page rating for database or big data security vendor we have included in this Leadership Compass. For some of the pr ...

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5.1 AWS Database 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 Axiomatics Dynamic Authorization Suite

Axiomatics is a privately held company headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Founded in 2006, the company is currently a leading provider of dynamic pol ...

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5.3 comforte AG SecurDPS Enterprise

comforte AG is a privately held software company specializing in data protection and digital payment solutions based in Wiesbaden, Germany. The compan ...

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5.4 DataSunrise

DataSunrise is a security vendor based in Seattle, WA, United States. It was founded in 2015 to develop a next-generation data and database security s ...

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5.5 Delphix Dynamic Data Platform

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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5.6 IBM Security Guardium

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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5.7 Imperva Security Platform

Imperva is an American cybersecurity solution company headquartered in San Mateo, California. Since 2002, the company is primarily known for its web a ...

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5.8 Microsoft Azure

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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5.9 Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud

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

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5.10 SecuPi Platform

SecuPi is a privately held data-centric security vendor headquartered in Jersey City, NJ, USA. The company was founded in 2014 by entrepreneurs with a ...

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5.11 Thales CipherTrust Data Security Platform

Thales Cloud Protection and Licensing (CPL) is a business line in Thales Group with over 40 years of experience in information security. The company i ...

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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 Dataguise

Dataguise is a software company headquartered in Fremont, California. Founded in 2007, the company provides a sensitive data governance platform to di ...

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6.2 DB CyberTech

DB CyberTech is a database security vendor headquartered in San Diego, California. Founded in 2009, the company focuses exclusively on database monito ...

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6.3 IDERA Software

IDERA Software is a database management vendor based in Houston, Texas. Since 2003, the company produces a range of database lifecycle management solu ...

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6.4 Informatica

Informatica is a software development company founded in 1993 and headquartered in Redwood City, California. The company’s Intelligent Data Platform ...

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6.5 McAfee

McAfee is a veteran American computer security vendor headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Founded in 1987, the company has a long history of dev ...

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6.6 Mentis Inc.

MENTIS is a company that provides sensitive information management solutions since 2004. It is headquartered in New York City, USA. The company offers ...

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6.7 Mirco Focus

Micro Focus is a large multinational software vendor and IT consultancy. Originally established in 1976 in Newbury, United Kingdom, nowadays the compa ...

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6.8 Protegrity

Protegrity is a privately held software vendor headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since 1996, the company has been in the enterprise data protecti ...

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6.9 Trustwave

Trustwave is a veteran cybersecurity vendor headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Since 1995, the company provides managed security services in such are ...

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