About This Constellation ShortList™

This Constellation ShortList presents Constellation’s pick of transactional relational database management systems (RDBMS) that are available both as software, for on-premises/ private-cloud deployment, and as database-as-a-service (DBaaS) offerings across multiple public clouds. This combination provides the best advantages of cloud computing while avoiding lock-in and fostering hybrid deployment and cloud portability.

This Q1 2022 update adds CockroachDB on the strength of its rapid growth and technical progress as a globally distributed RDBMS option available both on-premises/private-cloud and on multiple public clouds. This update also sites EDB specifically for its support of (previously listed) PostgreSQL with both a Cloud Native offering based on Kubernetes and the Big Animal PostgreSQL service on Azure.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • Supports high-throughput transactional performance in high-scale deployments
  • Available as software for on-premises/private- 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.


Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList is updated at least once per year. Updates may occur after six months if deemed necessary.

Evaluation Services

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

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