Industry analyst Gartner has positioned Microsoft as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems. More importantly, Microsoft is placed furthest in vision and highest for ability to execute within the Leaders Quadrant. Yes, Microsoft is ahead of Oracle!
With the release of SQL Server 2014, the cornerstone of Microsoft’s data platform, we have continued to add more value to what customers are already buying. Innovations like workload optimized in-memory technology, advanced security, high availability for mission critical workloads are built-in instead of requiring expensive add-ons. We have long maintained that customers need choice and flexibility to navigate this mobile-first, cloud-first world and that Microsoft is uniquely equipped to deliver on that vision in both trusted environments on-premises and in the cloud.
From Gartner’s report,
Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, U.S., Microsoft markets its SQL Server DBMS for the operational DBMS market, as well as the Microsoft Azure SQL Database (a DBMS platform as a service), and the NoSQL DBMSs Microsoft Azure DocumentDB and Azure Tables.
- Market vision: Microsoft’s market-leading vision consists of NoSQL (Azure DocumentDB 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 enterprisewide, 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.
- 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 enterprisewide 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.