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2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Cloud Database Management Systems recognizes Google as a Leader

December 16, 2021
Sudhir Hasbe

Sr. Director of Product Management, Google Cloud

Andi Gutmans

GM & VP of Engineering, Databases

We are thrilled that Gartner has positioned Google as a Leader for the second year in a row in the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Cloud Database Management Systems (DBMS).


We believe the report evaluated Google's unified capabilities across both transactional and analytical use cases, and showcases innovation progress in areas like data management consistency, high speed processing and ingestion, security, elasticity, advanced analytics, and more. 

With the recent announcement of Dataplex, organizations can centrally manage, monitor, and govern their data across data lakes, data warehouses, and data marts with consistent controls.  Solutions like BigQuery ML provide a “built-in” approach for advanced analytics capabilities and Analytics Hub offer the infrastructure customers need to share data analytics solutions securely and at scale in ways never before achieved. For example, over a seven-day period in April, more than 3,000 different organizations shared over 200 petabytes of data using BigQuery. 

Research shows 90% of organizations have a multicloud strategy, which is why we have invested in a cross-cloud data analytics solution for Google Cloud, AWS, and Azure with BigQuery Omni. Additionally, our progress with Anthos and our Distributed Cloud this past year further advance our ability to support multi and hybrid cloud scenarios. To gain a competitive advantage using data, organizations need a data platform that transcends transactional and analytical workloads and can be run with the highest level of reliability, availability and security. Cloud Spanner, our globally distributed relational database has redefined the scale, global consistency, and availability of Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) systems. Spanner processes over 1 billion requests per second at peak, and has been battle-tested with some of the most-demanding applications, including Google services such as Search, YouTube, Gmail, Maps, and Payments. And what’s unique about our core services Spanner and BigQuery, is that they leverage common infrastructure such as our highly durable distributed file system (Colossus), our large-scale cluster management system (Borg), and Jupiter, our high-performance networking infrastructure, enabling features such as federation between Spanner and BigQuery.

We remain focused on the integration of Google Trends, Maps, Search, Ads, and have increased industry domain expertise in areas such as retail, financial services, healthcare, and gaming. We’re continuing to develop industry white papers such as this one - How to develop Global Multiplayer Games using Cloud Spanner - and we’re proud of the work the team has done to create and share industry and horizontal architecture patterns built from industry leaders to serve as solution accelerators for customer use cases. 

Innovation momentum continues with a unified and open data cloud

We continue to innovate across our data cloud portfolio, especially with the innovations we announced at Google Cloud NEXT’21. BigQuery Omni is now available for AWS and Azure, supporting cross-cloud analytics for customers. We’ve added additional capabilities for enterprise data management and governance with Dataplex, which recently went GA. We’ve made migrations to Cloud SQL easier and faster with the Database Migration Service. More than 85% of all migrations are underway in under an hour, with the majority of customers migrating their databases from other clouds. We are embracing openness with Spanner by adding a PostgreSQL interface, allowing enterprises to take advantage of Spanner’s unmatched global scale, 99.999% availability, and strong consistency using skills and tools from the popular PostgreSQL ecosystem. We are also automating data processing with Spark on Google Cloud, which enables developers to spend less time on infrastructure management and more time on data science, modeling, and delivering business value. Finally, we announced Google Earth Engine on Google Cloud, allowing customers to integrate Earth Engine with BigQuery, Google Cloud's ML technologies, and the Google Maps Platform. 

With these innovations, enterprises like PayPal, Deutsche Bank, and Equifax use Google Cloud to solve for their end-to-end data lifecycle use cases. Organizations like Telefonica use Google Cloud to deliver new customer experiences. Telefónica has transformed every aspect of how they store, share, and analyze data while doubling processing power and lowering costs.

We continue to support an open ecosystem of data partners including Informatica, Tableau, MongoDB, Neo4j, C3.ai, and Databricks, giving customers the flexibility of choice to build their data clouds without being locked into a single approach. 

We are honored to be a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems (DBMS), and look forward to continuing to innovate and partner with you on your digital transformation journey. 

Download the complimentary 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems report.

Learn more about how organizations are building their data clouds with Google Cloud solutions. 

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems, Henry CookMerv AdrianRick GreenwaldAdam RonthalPhilip Russom, 14 December 2021.

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