Best Database as a Service (DBaaS) Provider

Database as a service (DBaaS) is the process of application owners paying an outside provider that launches and maintains a cloud database for storage, as opposed to having the application owners control the database themselves. Payments are per-usage and application owners can access their application data as they please. These databases provide the same functionality as a standard relational or non-relational database. DBaaS is beneficial for companies that are trying to avoid the work of configuring, maintaining, and upgrading their own databases. DBaaS lives in the overall realm of software as a service (SaaS), similar to platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), where all products are hosted as a service. Other types of databases include relational database tools, NoSQL database tools, graph database tools and more. Developers on a budget also have options with free database software.

To qualify for inclusion in the Database as a Service category, a product must:

  • Be offered by an independent data storage provider
  • The outside provider must launch, maintain, administer, and be held responsible for performance of said database
  • Application owners must be able to access necessary data on-demand
  • These services must be offered via per-usage subscription-based payment plans

Database as a Service (DBaaS) Provider Grid® Overview

The best Database as a Service (DBaaS) Provider products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and scale (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Amazon RDS
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the market share and scale of the Leaders. High Performers include: Zoho Creator and Caspio
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: SimpleDB, Google BigQuery, and Azure DocumentDB
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them.
G2 Crowd Grid® for Database as a Service (DBaaS)
High Performers
Amazon rds
Zoho creator
Google bigquery
Azure documentdb
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