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        Cockroach Labs Is a Vendor of Merit in Operational Data Platforms Value Index

        We are happy to share some insights about Cockroach Labs drawn from our latest Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements.

        We recently published three Ventana Research 2023 Data Platforms Value Indexes, which evaluate technology vendors and products that provide individual and combined analytic VR_VI_Data_Platforms_Logo (1)-1and operational data platform support. At Ventana Research, we continue to believe that, for most use cases, there is a clear choice between analytic and operational data platforms to best meet your organization’s needs. We developed three technology assessment and buyers’ guides to focus on overall data platform requirements as well as specific analytic data platform and operational data platform use cases.

        In all of our Value Indexes, we utilize a structured research methodology built on evaluation categories designed to reflect real-world criteria and derived from RFP responses and a vendor selection process for analytics and business intelligence. For each of the Value Indexes, we evaluated Cockroach Labs and other vendors in seven categories: five relevant to the product — Adaptability, Capability, Manageability, Reliability and Usability — and two related to the vendor — TCO/ROI and Validation. To arrive at the Value Index rating for a given vendor, we weighted each category to reflect its relative importance in an RFP process, with the weightings based on our experience and on data derived from our market research, including our Benchmark Research on Analytics and Data.

        Cockroach Labs was founded in 2015 by former Google engineers with a mission to bring the advantages of distributed data processing enjoyed by hyperscalers to the masses. In particular, the company’s founders recognized that traditional databases were not designed to provide the elastic scalability, global availability and resilience that cloud computing delivers at an infrastructure level. As Cockroach Labs is focused specifically on operational data workloads, it was only included in our Operational Data Platforms Value Index.

        Cockroach Labs was categorized as a Vendor of Merit in the Operational Data Platforms Value Index, ranking 13th overall in this Value Index evaluation. It ranked 13th in Product Experience, where it ranked best in Ventana_Research_VI_Operational_Data_Platforms_CockroachReliability. It ranked 19th in Customer Experience and ranked best in the Validation category. Its overall performance was impacted by its lower rankings in Usability, Manageability and TCO/ROI, which represent 30% of the weighting in the overall Value Index.

        Our assessment finds that Cockroach Labs could perform better by examining its placement as 15th in Capability in the area of core database functionality. This is an area in which the company has made recent improvements, with the latest 22.2 release adding support for user-defined functions, stored procedures and triggers.

        This assessment was based on Cockroach Labs’ data platform products generally available as of September 30, 2022.

        Organizations should evaluate their data platform requirements for operational and analytic workloads to ensure the existing products and vendors are meeting their needs. If their current data platforms are not satisfying those requirements, they should consider whether Cockroach Labs can help meet their needs.

        This research-based index is the most comprehensive assessment of the value of data platforms in the industry. Technology buyers can learn more about how to use our Value Index by clicking here and included vendors that wish to learn more can click here. Click below to read the individual reports:

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