We’re excited to share that Forrester has named Microsoft as a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Database-as-a-service, Q2 2019. This decision is based on their evaluation of Azure relational and non-relational databases. We believe Microsoft’s position as a leader is further underscored by its standing in the recent Q1 2019 NoSQL Forrester WaveTM.

Forrester Wave DBaaS tracking chart

Database-as-a-service has come a long way

Microsoft provides the freedom to operate wherever you are in your digital transformation, whether modernizing on-premises, migrating to the cloud, or using a hybrid solution. Database-as-a-service (DBaaS) has evolved into a very popular option for organizations looking to reduce their operational and capital expenses, while tapping into the performance and scale benefits of the cloud. Azure database services not only automate many of the daily database chores like updates, patches, and backups, but also use built-in intelligent features. These are on by default to optimize database performance and secure your data, keeping you one step ahead of potential threats.

According to Forrester, “33 percent of global infrastructure business decision makers already support a DBaaS deployment in production, and this will likely double over the next three to four years. In addition, 61 percent of global data and analytics technology decision makers plan to increase their investment for DBaaS in the coming year by at least 5 percent, and 22 percent of them plan to increase it by more than 10 percent compared to the previous year.”

Azure databases built on choice and flexibility

According to the Forrester report, customers “like Microsoft’s automation, ease of provisioning, high availability, security, and technical support.” Microsoft has a comprehensive portfolio of database services on Azure that are grounded in choice and flexibility, providing the right tool for maximizing productivity, efficiency, and return on investment for every use case that customers encounter.

Whether migrating on-premises databases at scale, building multi-tenant software-as-a-service (SaaS) or developing new, cloud native apps, Azure databases comprise the range of relational and non-relational, community-based and proprietary engines that provide a variety of deployment options and support an array of application types. All the Azure databases are managed by Microsoft, so you can focus more on building great apps and growing your business:

Relational databases

Azure SQL Database provides broad SQL Server compatibility and is optimized for SQL Server migrations, OLTP and multi-tenant SaaS applications. Significantly expand the potential for application growth without being limited by storage size with Hyperscale.

Community-based Azure Database for PostgreSQL, Azure Database for MySQL, and Azure Database for MariaDB are enterprise-ready, secure, and ideal for low-latency scenarios such as online gaming and digital marketing. Bring high-performance scaling to your low latency, high-throughput PostgreSQL workloads with Hyperscale powered by Citus Data technology.

NoSQL database

Azure Cosmos DB provides turnkey global distribution and transparent multi-master replication and is great for scalable IoT applications and real-time personalization and analytics.

Forrester states in its report that “Microsoft offers a mature, scalable, secure, and hybrid DBaaS offering.” Azure databases have been tried and tested over the years, becoming more scalable, performant, secure, and intelligent in the process.

Next steps

We’re committed to making Azure the ideal destination for your data migration and the best platform to build powerful, intelligent, and modern apps upon. If you haven’t tried Azure database services, you can try them for free today without signing-up or providing a credit card.

Download the full Forrester WaveTM Database-as-a-Service Q2 2019 report for more details.

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