Gartner on Microsoft SQL Server: industry leader for a second year in Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems

Microsoft has retained its position as the industry leader in Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems. For the second year, Microsoft SQL Server scored highest on ability to execute and furthest in vision, ahead of Oracle and all other vendors.


What does Gartner mean by “operational” DBMS?

Gartner defines “operational DBMSs” as systems that support multiple structures and data types, such as XML, text, JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), audio, image and video content. They must include mechanisms to isolate workload resources and control various parameters of end-user access with managed instances of data. Operational DBMSs may support multiple delivery models, such as stand-alone DBMS software, certified configurations, cloud (public and private) images or versions, and database appliances.

Gartner’s summary of strenghs

  • Execution: Gartner’s 2015 market share data continues to show Microsoft with above market growth, solidifying it as the No. 2 vendor in total DBMS revenue (for the third year in a row). With the release of SQL Server 2016, Microsoft announced support for Linux, adding platform portability to its extensive functionality.
  • Vision: Microsoft continues to lead the market in vision with its SQL offerings for IMDBMS, NoSQL (Doc and K-V), multiple cloud dbPaaS offerings, built-in access to analytics (supporting HTAP) and mobility support. Additionally, SQL Server 2016 brings Stretch Databases — on-premises databases “stretching” with partitions in the cloud.
  • Ease of use: Microsoft received some of the highest scores for ease of management, implementation and programmability. Additionally, 80% of reference customer responses found that upgrading to new Microsoft releases was easier than expected, or as expected, with 60% planning to buy additional products.

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