February 10, 2010

Comments on the Gartner 2009/2010 Data Warehouse Database Management System Magic Quadrant

February, 2011 edit: I’ve now commented on Gartner’s 2010 Data Warehouse Database Management System Magic Quadrant as well.

At intervals of a little over a year, Gartner Group publishes a Data Warehouse Database Management System Magic Quadrant. Gartner’s 2009 data warehouse DBMS Magic Quadrant — actually, January 2010 — is now out.* For many reasons, including those I noted in my comments on Gartner’s 2008 Data Warehouse DBMS Magic Quadrant, the Gartner quadrant pictures are a bad use of good research. Rather than rehash that this year, I’ll merely call out some points in the surrounding commentary that I find interesting or just plain strange.

*Links to Gartner Magic Quadrants commonly break, but that one worked at the time of this posting.

As does any such piece, the Gartner Data Warehouse DBMS Magic Quadrant also has outright errors.  For example:


7 Responses to “Comments on the Gartner 2009/2010 Data Warehouse Database Management System Magic Quadrant”

  1. Unholyguy on February 10th, 2010 11:48 pm

    boy i must admit, i do not get the Oracle and IBM love…

  2. Elmari Swart on February 11th, 2010 8:36 am

    Microsoft is the dark horse here. So dark I see Mr Monash doesn’t have anything to add. I think that SQL 2008 PDW with all the h/w vendors on board may be a disruptive newcomer in 2010 and Gartner next year may be quite different.

  3. Christian Bilien on February 11th, 2010 9:43 am

    Hi Curt,

    “Note, however, that Gartner does not seem to assert that Exadata’s ease of use rivals that of the newer analytic DBMS specialists.”

    ==> that’s an interesting point. From a management’s perspective, having a large Oracle DBA team, I’d rather have my Oracle DBAs manage Exadata systems because they are already very used to Oracle tuning including parallelism rather than going for new technologies, even if they are “easy to use”. I guess many (most) corporate shops running DWH shops have DB2, Oracle or MS SqlServer expertise in-house.

    This brings me to my second point: I am always wary of the “ease of use” concept. Ease of use, be it of a DB or an applicance always has to be weighed against control and features. The lack of both actually makes architecture design and production harder to manage and integrate in existing production frameworks (think of inter site replications for example).


  4. Curt Monash on February 11th, 2010 10:25 am

    Hi Christian,

    The first question is whether Oracle can give decent performance without huge efforts in tuning, whether in pure database administration or (possibly tuning-aware) SQL hand-coding. Unless the answer is “yes”, other ease-of-use considerations are too secondary to be dispositive.

    In the past, there have been very few data warehouses above 5-10 TB where the answer was “yes”. Exadata purports to zoom the limit upwards. If that works out, the other advantages of Oracle at least have a chance to come into play.

    See my recent post(s) on Oracle’s Exadata strategy for related thoughts.


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  7. Data Deduplication Software on July 9th, 2011 2:31 am

    Oracle and IBM are also in the Leaders quadrant with Oracle ahead of IBM but behind Teradata.

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