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Gartner Ranks AWS & Microsoft Top of the IaaS Heap

In honor of the annual Gartner Symposium, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite Gartner reports from the past year. This past January, we wrote about a report by Lydia Leong, which compared 15 public cloud Infrastructure as a Service services against eight critical capabilities in four use cases. It’s no surprise to us that our partners at AWS and Microsoft are clear leaders in the public cloud IaaS market. Read more from the report below. Heading to Symposium this year? Stop by booth #513 and say hello to us!   

At the tail end of last year, Lydia Leong at Gartner released the 2015 Critical Capabilities for Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, worldwide report to help organizations select an IaaS provider. They ended up comparing 15 public cloud IaaS services against eight critical capabilities in four use cases.

Lydia notes, “Most public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings can capably deliver virtual machines (VMs), along with the basic storage and networking capabilities associated with those compute resources. However, the depth, breadth, quality and manageability of these capabilities vary significantly. The best providers have an extensive array of additional services that extend across the spectrum from IaaS to platform as a service (PaaS).”

In the report, Amazon Web Services was the only cloud provider rated as excellent for all evaluated use cases: Application Development (4.81), Batch Computing (4.81), Cloud-Native Applications (4.84), and General Business Applications (4.53). These use cases are designed to represent common cloud scenarios and are able to capture a uniform comparison of the evaluated public cloud infrastructure platforms. Alongside Amazon, Microsoft also sat tall with Application Development (3.48), Batch Computing (4.15), Cloud-Native Applications (3.99), and General Business Applications (3.67) rankings.

Recognizing that these two providers would inevitably dominate the market is why Datapipe decided to partner with AWS over 5 years ago, and why we were first to offer managed services for Azure. We approach the public cloud from the point of view of cooperation, not competition. We realized the MSP model is the future of cloud computing long ago and now bring an unequaled level of choice and control to the businesses we work with. For those looking to find an IaaS provider, additional recommendations from Gartner include:

  • Adopt a bimodal IT sourcing strategy for cloud IaaS. Ensure that you meet the needs of developers and other
    technical end users who consume cloud IaaS, not just the needs of the infrastructure and operations organization.
  • Try several offerings before committing to any one service; this is the only way to get a feel for the nuances of
    depth, breadth, quality, manageability, user experience, and cost. Many public cloud IaaS offerings can be bought by the hour, with no contractual commitment.
  • Assume that cloud IaaS offerings are not interchangeable, and that where you place a workload will be where it
    Although there can be relatively little “lock-in” for public cloud IaaS, moving between providers is similar to
    doing a data center move in that it can be time-consuming, expensive, and risky. Consider the strategic future of a provider before migrating a significant percentage of your applications into its cloud.

Or, to cut down on the manpower involved in researching and pinpointing the appropriate provider for you, work with an MSP who can make recommendations about not only the most appropriate provider to meet your individual business needs, but who can effectively execute upon those needs and tackle the ongoing management of your data.

About Richard Dolan

Richard Dolan
As Datapipe’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, Rich is responsible for developing and driving Datapipe’s world class marketing team and ensuring Datapipe stays ahead of the curve with product development and client support. Rich has been with Datapipe for more than 15 years and has seen the company evolve into a leading, global MSP. Rich writes about Datapipe news, Datapipe clients, business strategies, and also provides insight into the company’s partnerships with AWS, Microsoft, Equinix, and others.

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