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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 market presence (based on products’ scale, focus, and influence) 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 Relational Database Service (RDS), SimpleDB, and MongoDB Atlas
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the Market Presence 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: Amazon DynamoDB, Azure SQL Database, and Azure Cosmos DB
  • 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. Niche products include: Google Cloud Datastore, Google Cloud SQL, and Amazon Neptune
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    Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) is a web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. It provides cost-efficient and resizable capacity while managing time-consuming database administration tasks, freeing you up to focus on your applications and business. Amazon RDS gives you access to the capabilities of a familiar MySQL, Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server database engine. This means that the code, applications, and tools you already use today with your existing databases can be used with Amazon RDS. Amazon RDS automatically patches the database software and backs up your database, storing the backups for a user-defined retention period and enabling point-in-time recovery. You benefit from the flexibility of being able to scale the compute resources or storage capacity associated with your relational database instance via a single API call. In addition, Amazon RDS makes it easy to use replication to enhance availability and reliability for production databases. Amazon RDS for MySQL also enables you to scale out beyond the capacity of a single database deployment for read-heavy database workloads. As with all Amazon Web Services, there are no up-front investments required, and you pay only for the resources you use.


    MongoDB Atlas is a cloud-hosted MongoDB service engineered and run by the same team that builds the database. It incorporates operational best practices we’ve learned from optimizing thousands of deployments across startups and the Fortune 100. Build on MongoDB Atlas with confidence, knowing you no longer need to worry about database management, setup and configuration, software patching, monitoring, backups, or operating a reliable, distributed database cluster.


    SimpleDB is a highly available and flexible non-relational data store that offloads the work of database administration.


    Azure Cosmos DB provides native support for NoSQL choices, offers multiple well-defined consistency models, guarantees single-digit-millisecond latencies at the 99th percentile, and guarantees high availability with multi-homing capabilities and low latencies anywhere in the world.


    Azure SQL Database is a relational database-as-a service using the Microsoft SQL Server Engine. SQL Database is a high-performance, reliable, and secure database you can use to build data-driven applications and websites in the programming language of your choice, without needing to manage infrastructure.


    Zoho Creator is a low-code application development platform that empowers you to build enterprise-class applications that run on mobile, tablet, and web. Create custom forms, configure workflows, build informative pages, and get your app up and running in minutes. Whether it's logistics or order management, the possibilities are endless. Businesses of all size trust Zoho Creator to manage their data and have built more than 2 million+ apps on it. Access data anytime, anywhere. 


    Nonrelational database for applications that need performance at any scale


    Amazon Neptune is a fast, reliable, fully-managed graph database service that makes it easy to build and run applications that work with highly connected datasets.


    Cloud Datastore is a highly-scalable NoSQL database for your web and mobile applications


    Caspio is the #1 cloud platform for creating custom database applications fast and without coding. With an intuitive point-and-click app builder, non-technical business users will be able to create custom web apps fast and at a fraction of cost compared with traditional software development. All Caspio-powered apps can be seamlessly deployed on your own website, intranet, CMS, blog, or any other web property. With Caspios online database platform, you can create apps 20 times faster than conventional development. All pricing plans include UNLIMITED USERS. Try it for free!


    Cloud SQL is a fully-managed database service that makes it easy to set up, maintain, manage, and administer your relational PostgreSQL BETA and MySQL databases in the cloud. Cloud SQL offers high performance, scalability, and convenience. Hosted on Google Cloud Platform, Cloud SQL provides a database infrastructure for applications running anywhere.


    kintone is a no-code business application platform that allows non-technical users to create powerful apps, workflows, and databases for their teams and organizations. Using clicks instead of code, kintone users can build apps that automate business processes, collaborate on projects/tasks, and quickly report on complex data. For business users that need to get started right away, kintone also provides dozens of pre-built applications for a variety of use cases such as CRM, project management, inventory management, and much more.

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    Fusioo is a collaborative online database designed to give teams the flexibility to build their custom database and work the way they want to, without writing a single line of code.


    Amazon Aurora is a MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible relational database engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases.


    Fully Managed — IBM Cloud service provides a fully managed, distributed JSON document database. Instantly deploy an instance, create databases, and independently scale throughput capacity and data storage to meet your application requirements. IBM expertise takes away the pain of hardware and software provisioning, patching and upgrades, while offering a 99.95 percent SLA. Secure — Cloudant is ISO27001, SOC 2 Type 2 compliant and HIPAA ready. All data is encrypted over the wire and at rest with optional user-defined key management through IBM Key Protect. Cloudant also offers an EU-managed service, that ensures all data and operations are handled solely by EU citizens. Global Availability — Available in all IBM Cloud regions and 55+ data centers across the world, Cloudant can easily be set up for disaster recovery between continents or scaling an app for a global release through a horizontal scaling architecture that can handle millions of users and terabytes of data to grow seamlessly alongside your business. All Cloudant instances are deployed on clusters that span availability zones in regions that support them, for added durability at no extra cost. Data flexibility — Leverage a flexible JSON schema and powerful API that is compatible with Apache CouchDB™, enabling you to access an abundance of language libraries and tools to rapidly build new applications and features. Durable replication — Move application data closer to all the places it needs to be — for uninterrupted data access, offline or on. Cloudant helps teams build Progressive Web Apps, develop with an offline-first architecture or manipulate data on edge devices. Powerful serverless API — Enhance your applications with built-in key-value, MapReduce, full-text search and geospatial querying that go beyond simple bounding boxes. Stream the changes feed for seamless integration with event-driven applications and IBM Cloud functions.


    The first horizontally scalable, strongly consistent, relational database service


    A managed database-as-a-service platform enables modern enterprise applications built on open source database technologies.IBM Compose offers a database for every developer’s need on one easy-to-manage platform. Choose from MongoDB, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis, RethinkDB, ScyllaDB, JanusGraph, RabbitMQ, or etcd or build your data stack with pure polyglot persistence by combining several databases to ensure your data is used to the fullest, giving your application, analytics or APIs the best access possible.


    Beats is the platform for building lightweight, open source data shippers for many types of data you want to enrich with Logstash, search and analyze in Elasticsearch, and visualize in Kibana.


    Intel Cloud Edition for Lustre software is a scalable, parallel file system purpose-built for HPC.


    Socrata Open Data Portal offers citizens a way to access and use public information rather than going through a formal process to request information they can reveiw, compare, visualize and analyze data in real-time.


    Backand is a powerful backend-as-a-service for web and mobile apps that provides out-of-the-box social login, push notifications, hosting and much more.


    Cloud Bigtable is Google's NoSQL Big Data database service. It's the same database that powers many core Google services, including Search, Analytics, Maps, and Gmail. Bigtable is designed to handle massive workloads at consistent low latency and high throughput, so it's a great choice for both operational and analytical applications, including IoT, user analytics, and financial data analysis.


    MATRIX EDC is a cloud-based clinical data management application. EDC supports electronic, paper-based or hybrid studies.


    Zadara® Storage offers enterprise Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS), delivering high-performance, highly available file, block and object storage. The company’s award-winning Zadara Storage Cloud delivers a common storage-as-a-service platform that can be deployed at any location (cloud, on-premises or hybrid), supporting any data type (block, file and object) and connecting to any protocol (FC, iSCSI, iSER, NFS, CIFS, S3, Swift). The patented VPSA® Storage Array service provides flexible, enterprise SAN and NAS technology while the VPSA® Object Storage service delivers private, as-a-service, object storage for peta-scale primary and secondary storage. Both services provide resource isolation, exceptional data security, and management control. Zadara Storage solutions meet the most stringent Service-Level Agreements (SLAs). Zadara is available both via OPaaS (On Premises-as-a-Service) and through a wide range of worldwide cloud and colocation providers, including value-added relationships with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Dimension Data, Equinix and others.


    TeamDesk is a hosted database-driven platform for creating, maintaining, organizing and sharing business information over the Internet.


    Azure Database for MySQL is a fully-managed database service for app developers and it is capable of handing mission-critical workload with predictable performance and dynamic scalability.


    Azure Database for PostgreSQL is a Managed PostgreSQL database service for app developers that integrates the PostgreSQL community edition with Azure for scalability, high-availability, and your choice of languages and frameworks.


    Clusterpoint database is a document-oriented database server platform for storage and processing of XML and JSON data. Database architecture blends ACID-compliant OLTP transactions, full-text search, and analytics.


    Fully managed and automated monitoring and alerting for Apache Cassandra with 24/7 support.


    ObjectRocket for MongoDB provides pre-configured, high performance, highly available hosted MongoDB instances in the cloud that automatically scale as you grow.


    ONTAP Cloud is a data management solution designed to provide protection, visibility and control for cloud-based workloads and control both cloud and on-premises resources from a single, centralized management console.


    StorageCraft Cloud Services stores users backups remotely so they can recover data, even virtualize their machines and re-create their network in cloud purpose-built for disaster recovery (DR).


    Alibaba Cloud develops highly scalable cloud computing and data management services.


    Cloud-native file storage. Extreme performance.


    IBM Compose for Elasticsearch gives Elasticsearch even more power with an easy, auto-scaling deployment system that delivers high availability and redundancy, automated no-stop backups and much more


    IBM Compose etcd is a key/value store the holds the always-correct data you need to coordinate and manage your server cluster. etcd ensures data consistency in your cluster and also enforces the order in which operations take place in the data so every node arrives at the same result in the same way.


    JanusGraph is a scalable graph database optimized for storing and querying highly-interconnected data and provides you with simple and efficient data retrieval from complex structures


    Compose for MongoDB gives MongoDB even more power by giving you an easy, auto-scaling deployment system which delivers high availability and redundancy, automated no-stop backups and much more.


    IBM Compose for MySQL is a fast, easy-to-use, and flexible RDBMS. As the central component of the LAMP model, it sports a number of connectors, including Python, PHP and C++ for development needs. MySQL is a popular choice because of its flexibility and vast supported ecosystem.


    Compose for PostgreSQL simplifies database hosting with an auto-scaling deployment system that delivers high availability and redundancy, automated, no-stop backups, and more.


    Support multiple messaging protocols with the message broker that lets you route, track, and queue messages with customizable persistence levels, delivery settings, and publish confirmations


    Compose for Redis lets you use counters, queues, lists, and hyperlogs to handle complex data issues simply. Redis is the modern developer's multi-tool with something to offer for every use case.


    Compose for RethinkDB takes the first scalable JSON database built with the realtime web in mind and makes it even easier for developers to get started with the click of a button


    IBM Compose for ScyllaDB retains compatibility with Cassandra tool and data files and adds self - tuning capabilities and benchmarks for a 10X better performance


    IBM Db2 Hosted is an on-demand cloud service that delivers a Db2 multi-workload SQL database in a cloud infrastructure. It offers robust performance and high availability


    The IBM Informix on Cloud offering provides an Informix database on IBM cloud. It offers customers the rich features of an on-premises Informix deployment without the cost, complexity, and risk of managing their own infrastructure.


    Kohezion gives you the tools to take matters into your own hands. Manage your business data the way you want, when you want. The platform gives the non-IT user resources to manage their own project.


    Novi is the federated solution for everything that powers great connected applications and products: messaging to communicate with users, devices and systems, a database to provide storage, sync or connectivity to data, and a code engine to deliver real-time integrations and services.


    Deploy Oracle databases quickly and easily in a highly-available cloud environment, and benefit from the performance of dedicated hardware, proven RAC reliability, data security, and granular controls


    Terark is a storage engine for Database and Data Systems.


    Worksheet Systems is an online database software which allows anybody to build enterprise-worthy database solutions with ease, control and confidence. As easy to use as Excel and as powerful as SQL. No coding required!