About This Constellation ShortList™

Any relational database management system (RDBMS) available as software can be run on-premises or in private clouds. Software can also be deployed and run on cloud infrastructure services, but that approach doesn’t deliver the same agility, simplicity and administrative savings as database-as-a-service (DBaaS) offerings.

This list presents Constellation’s pick of RDBMSs that are available both as software and as database services across multiple public clouds. This combination provides the best advantages of cloud computing while avoiding lock-in and fostering hybrid-deployment and cloud portability. There have been no changes to the vendors included on this list since the Q3 2019 update.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • Available as software for on-premises or hybrid-cloud deployment
  • Available as a cloud service on multiple major public clouds
  • Cloud services supported by the cloud provider or RDBMS software provider
  • Database software provider supports its own cloud service, offering service guarantees and a single source for support

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates more than 20 solutions categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research.

  • MariaDB
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • MySQL
  • Oracle Database
  • PostgreSQL
  • SAP HANA
  • Teradata

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList will be updated once per year. There could be an update after six months, should the analyst deem it necessary.

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients can work with the analyst and research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this Constellation ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.

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