​Gartner positions Microsoft as number 1 in 2016 Magic Quadrant

For the second year, Microsoft is placed furthest in vision and highest in ability to execute within the Leaders Quadrant.

Microsoft has retained its position as the industry leader in Gartner's 2016 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems.

For the second year, the US tech giant scored highest on ability to execute and furthest in vision, ahead of Oracle and all other vendors.

According to Gartner- the world's leading information technology research and advisory company, “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”.

This report primarily looks at SQL Server 2016 and its capabilities. Stretch Databases was highlighted as a market leading innovation. Microsoft received some of the highest scores for ease of management, implementation and programmability.

Additionally, 80 per cent of reference customer responses found that upgrading to new Microsoft releases was easier than expected. And the list of Customers who have been using SQL Server worldwide are expanding in all segments, from heavy industry to healthcare, especially commercial such as banking and financial.

What’s new this year?

Gartner adjusted the Magic Quadrant scoring, shifting all vendors to the left, to reflect that the DBMS market has become homogeneous and commoditised.

Many capabilities have become standard expectations, making Microsoft’s leadership in vision even more noteworthy.

Gartner believes that Microsoft is making the right moves (e.g. bringing SQL Server to Linux) to ensure continued growth in this mature market.

Microsoft strengths

Based in Redmond, Washington, US, Microsoft markets its SQL Server DBMS for the OPDBMS 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-leading 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.

Market 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 per cent of reference customer responses found that upgrading to new Microsoft releases was easier than expected, or as expected, with 60 per cent planning to buy additional products

By Mai Thuy