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Gartner Recognizes NuoDB for Critical Capabilities in Operational DBMS

In my last post, I highlighted a new report from Gartner that introduced the new concept of an “Avant-Garde” relational database. As you’ll recall, that report credited the rise of this emerging category to the need for scale-out elasticity, distributed processing, and hybrid cloud capabilities.

I was excited then to see Gartner acknowledge:

“Where the NoSQL vendors dispensed with SQL and relational tables as a standard interface (only to start to add them back in later on), these new RDBMS vendors started with a relational paradigm and built new architectures to support many of the features that developers, DBAs and operations teams sought in the NoSQL world: distributed processing, commodity hardware, elasticity and hybrid cloud flexibility.” (Source: Gartner, "When to Use New RDBMS Offerings in a Dynamic Data Environment," 18 November 2015, Adam M. Ronthal)

I’m even more appreciative today, as Gartner has just issued a new report, “Critical Capabilities for Operational Database Management Systems” that re-emphasizes the convergence of the database market, in part due to the rise of distributed use cases through scale-out architectures and the impact of the cloud. Specifically, the report predicts:

“By 2017, the ‘NoSQL’ label will cease to distinguish DBMSs, reducing its value and resulting in the label falling out of use.”

According to Gartner, “This Critical Capabilities report deals with key information management capabilities for operational use of data in database management systems. It should be of interest to anyone involved in defining, purchasing, building, or managing an environment for processing transactions, events, and observation – notably, CIOs, CTOs, infrastructure managers, database and application architects, database administrators, and IT purchasing managers.”

Gartner Critical Database Capabilities Table

This report assesses 20 vendors across nine capabilities and weights them across four popular use cases: Traditional Transactions, Distributed Variable Data, Lightweight Events and Observations, and HTAP.

I’m excited that not only did NuoDB receive the highest score (a 4.35 out of 5) of all vendors for the Distributed Variable Data use case, we ranked in the top four for the other three use cases as well. In an industry dominated by three giants with decades of aging database experience, we believe this accomplishment is a huge milestone in NuoDB’s history.

In developing NuoDB, we conceived of an architecture called the Durable Distributed Cache that could naturally meet the expectations of a traditional relational database (full SQL support and ACID compliance, for example), but also satisfy the rising need of global, cloud-based applications – specifically the desire to add or reduce capacity on demand, to operate continuously and in an active-active manner across two or more geographically distributed data centers, and to meet the needs of mixed workloads such as those required by HTAP.

It is on the back of this architecture that we’re able to deliver on the capabilities outlined in this report:

  • High-speed, high-volume processing
  • Multiple data types/structures
  • Tunable consistency
  • Continuous high-speed ingest
  • Cloud/hybrid deployment
  • ACID support
  • Programmability for hybrid transaction/analytical processing (HTAP)
  • Administration and management

Those scores, once weighted based on use case, enabled NuoDB to:

  • Receive the second highest score (3.90 out of 5) for Lightweight Events and Observations (which “may include processing and transmission to other stages of a business process”),
  • Tie for third highest (3.85 out of 5) for HTAP (where “analytics occur and affect processing through multiple states within transaction scope in a single database, while maintaining low latency”), and
  • Tie for fourth highest (3.85 out of 5) for Traditional Transactions (which “manages centralized transactions, with fixed stable schema, high-speed, high-volume data insert/update, and atomicity, consistency, isolation, durability (ACID) properties.”

And we’re only getting started. As our customers strive to maintain or achieve leadership positions in their industries, they will continue to push us beyond the boundaries of today’s databases. We have an ambitious product roadmap, and while we are thrilled about our progress to date, we can’t wait to show you what we have in store in the months and years to come. Stay tuned! 

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Barry MorrisBarry Morris is a co-founder and the executive chairman at NuoDB, where he chairs the Board of Directors and drives the external matters of NuoDB, including industry thought leadership, strategic partnerships, and business relationships as well as product and technology strategy. He also serves as an advisor to the CEO and senior leadership on all aspects of the business.

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