The Gartner Magic Quadrant (MQ) is the brand name for a series of market research reports published by Gartner Inc., a US-based research firm. Magic Quadrant aims to provide a good analysis into a market and its direction, maturity and participants.
Cloud computing is a general term for services that involves delivering services over the internet. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a type of cloud computing service which is primarily focus on delivering Infrastructure and datacenter initiatives needs for IT. IaaS is the largest segment of services in the cloud computing area. We can call these services as “Data Center in the Cloud”.
Magic Quadrant evaluates all industrialized cloud IaaS solutions, whether it is public cloud, community cloud, or private cloud. It will be good idea for organizations that are looking for custom-built, custom-managed private clouds should use Magic Quadrants for data center outsourcing and infrastructure utility services before they make a decision.
Gartner evaluated below list of vendors (not all listed here) for ranking based on their strength and cautions.
Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services (AWS), a subsidiary of Amazon.com, is a cloud-focused service provider with a very pure vision of highly automated, cost-effective IT capabilities, delivered in a flexible, on-demand manner.
CenturyLink, a U.S.-based global communications service provider, acquired Savvis, a Web hoster with a long track record of leadership in the hosting market, in 2011.
Dimension Data, an NTT Group company, is a large SI and value-added reseller. It entered the cloud IaaS market by acquiring OpSource in 2011.
Google is an Internet-centric provider of technology and services. Google Cloud Platform combines an IaaS offering (Compute Engine), an aPaaS offering (App Engine) and a range of complementary services, including object storage and a Docker container service.
IBM (Soft Layer)
IBM is a large diversified technology company with a range of cloud-related products and services. In July 2013, it acquired SoftLayer, an independent Web hoster with a focus on small and midsize businesses (SMBs), and in January 2014, it shut down its own SmartCloud Enterprise cloud IaaS offering, after migrating its existing customers to SoftLayer.
Microsoft is a large and diversified technology vendor that is increasingly focused on delivering its software capabilities via cloud services. Its Azure business was previously strictly PaaS, but Microsoft launched Azure Infrastructure Services (which include Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Virtual Network) into general availability in April 2013, thus entering the cloud IaaS market.
Rackspace is an independent Web hoster with a long track record of leadership in the managed hosting market. It has numerous related businesses; some, such as SaaS email.
Verizon is a U.S.-based global communications service provider. Verizon acquired Terremark, a managed hosting and cloud IaaS provider, in 2011. During 2014, Verizon phased out the Terremark brand.
VMware has historically been a software vendor focused on virtualization technologies. It entered the cloud IaaS market when it launched the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS), now renamed vCloud Air, into general availability in September 2013. It is a subsidiary of EMC.
Gartner rates vendors upon two criteria. Completeness of vision and ability to execute. According to Gartner the evaluation they do, lead a vendor to a position in one of the four quadrants. The four quadrants are named as below.
- Leaders are said to score higher on both criteria: the ability to execute and completeness of vision. These are said to be typically larger, mature businesses.
- Challengers are said to score higher on the ability to execute and lower on the completeness of vision. Typically larger, settled businesses with what Gartner claims to be minimal future plans for that industry.
- Visionaries are said to score lower on the ability to execute and higher on the completeness of vision. Typically smaller companies.
- Niche players are said to score lower on both criteria: the ability to execute and completeness of vision. Typically new additions to the Magic Quadrant.
AWS named as a leader in the IaaS Magic Quadrant for the 4th consecutive year. In the 2015 Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Magic Quadrant, Gartner placed Amazon Web Services in the “Leaders” quadrant and rated AWS as having both the furthest completeness of vision and the highest ability to execute.
AWS invests in maintaining its position in cloud with an accelerating pace of innovation, a focus on operating efficiently at massive scale, and growing an expansive customer and partner ecosystem.
To access the 2015 Magic Quadrant report from Gartner, please visit