Gartner Research

Decision Point for Selecting a Database Deployment Platform — Cloud and On-Premises

Published: 21 April 2015

ID: G00275038

Analyst(s): Rick Greenwald


The decision to select a relational database implementation in the cloud involves several aspects that can affect achievable overall benefits. Based on attributes of specific use cases, different cloud implementations (an IaaS-based database or dbPaaS), or not using the cloud at all, may be optimal.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point

Decision Context

  • Business Scenario
  • Related Decisions

Evaluation Criteria

  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Application Requirements and Constraints
    • Operational Requirements and Constraints
    • Regulatory Requirements and Constraints


  • IaaS
  • dbPaaS
  • On-Premises
  • Hybrid

Future Developments

  • Greater Capacity
  • Lower Cost
  • More Flexibility
  • More Associated Applications and Services
  • Cloud Data Gravity
  • Faster and Cleaner Innovation

Decision Tool

Decision Justification

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