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Research Shows Cloud Giants Lead Huge Database Exodus from On-Premises

The usual cast of cloud giants tops the list of cloud database management systems in a new report from research firm Gartner, which is charting a rapid shift to the cloud.

In fact, two of the firm's strategic assumptions framing the report are:

  • By 2022, 75 percent of all databases will be deployed or migrated to a cloud platform, with only 5 percent ever considered for repatriation to on-premises.
  • By 2023, cloud DBMS revenue will account for 50 percent of the total DBMS market revenue.

In the Leaders category of the Magic Quadrant report are the Big 3 cloud giants that have dominated most segments of the industry in the same order for years: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft (Azure) and Google (GCP). Tacked onto that grouping is an up-and-comer that has been making cloud waves recently, Oracle.

After that grouping, other vendors name Leaders include SAP, IBM, Alibaba Cloud and Teradata.

Vendors listed in the other three quadrants include:

  • Visionaries: MarkLogic, InterSystems, Databricks, Cloudera
  • Niche Players: Tencent, Huawei
  • Challengers: Snowflake, Redis Labs
Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems
[Click on image for larger view.] Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems (source: Gartner).

Gartner said several trends affected the Magic Quadrant groupings, including:

  • Multicloud, intercloud and hybrid cloud
  • Flexible pricing models and financial governance
  • Open-source software
  • Serverless and cloud object stores
  • Multimodel versus "best-fit engineered" dbPaaS
  • Cloud data ecosystems

"The cloud DBMS market is not new," the Gartner report states. "What is new is the growth in cloud revenue, the percentage of revenue in the cloud versus overall DBMS revenue, and the decreasing interest in on-premises products, according to Gartner's client inquiry service. Gartner's DBMS market numbers, and Gartner's 2019 figures for the enterprise public cloud sector, show overall DBMS market revenue of $55.4 billion, with $17 billion coming from cloud DBMS products (31 percent of the total DBMS market).

"More importantly, the cloud DBMS sector generated $6 billion of $7.6 billion total for DBMS revenue growth (70 percent of total DBMS revenue growth). We forecast that, by 2023, cloud DBMS revenue will account for 50 percent of the total DBMS market revenue."

The "Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems" report is available for free in a licensed-distribution version from multiple vendors covered in the research, easily discoverable with a web search.

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David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.

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