On the 12th of October 2015 Gartner has released the new “Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems”. Microsoft’s SQL Server is now the leader in the Magic Quadrant.
Quotes from the Gartner site:
- Market vision: Microsoft’s market-leading vision consists of NoSQL (Azure Document DB and Azure Tables), cloud offerings (including hybrid cloud), the use of analytics in transactions (HTAP) and support for mobility. Its vision for in-memory computing across products, hybrid cloud implementations and a “cloud first” strategy is ahead of its competitors.
- Strong execution: Microsoft SQL Server is an enterprise wide, mission-critical DBMS capable of competing with products from the other large DBMS vendors. Gartner’s 2014 market share data shows Microsoft as the No. 2 vendor in terms of total DBMS revenue.
- Performance and support: Reference customers were very positive, with the performance of SQL Server, documentation, support, ease of installation, integration and operation all rated highly.
Of course there are some cautions too. The first is the perception that Microsoft SQL Server is not used in mission-critical enterprise wide applications.
- Market image: Although SQL Server is an enterprise-class DBMS, Microsoft continues to struggle to dispel a perception of weakness in this area. Inquiries from Gartner clients demonstrate a continuing perception that SQL Server is not used for mission-critical enterprise wide applications — a view that inhibits wider use of SQL Server as a primary, enterprise-class DBMS.
- Lack of an appliance: Microsoft still lacks an appliance for transactions (one comparable to its Microsoft Analytics Platform System, formerly Parallel Data Warehouse). By contrast, its major competitors (IBM, Oracle and SAP) all offer one, as does one new entrant to the Magic Quadrant (Fujitsu).
- Pricing: Microsoft received below-average ratings for pricing suitability, a problem that stems from the pricing model changes implemented in SQL Server 2012. Microsoft’s cloud offerings appear to be partially mitigating this concern.