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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service 2018: What Just Happened?!

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Yesterday, Gartner published the 2018 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service.  If you're not familiar with Gartner Magic Quadrants (or MQ for short), you should know that they are THE document of reference for buyers in the technology space.

This year's edition shocked many reviewers.  Why?  Read our quick analysis for context...

What just happened?!

The first and most drastic change that occurred over the last year is the number of players that Gartner decided to highlight in its report: the number of vendors went from 14 to just 6 this year.  

Why is that?! Have the big become bigger and the small smaller?! Or has the space shrunk?   The latter is highly improbable.  All the contrary: earlier last year, forecasted that the highest growth in the cloud market would be coming from the sector this MQ covers: Gartner predicted that the cloud system infrastructure services would grow over 36% to reach $34B+ in 2017.

So, what gives?!  One of the key factors to pay attention to when reading any of Gartner's MQ is what they call "inclusion criteria".  From one year to the next, the research firm can refine and modify the conditions that lead to a vendor to be included in the quadrant.  This is why year over year comparisons are often tricky.  Sometimes, Gartner makes drastic changes to its inclusion criteria.  This is precisely what happened this year.

In 2018,  Gartner focused on "global vendors that currently have hyperscale integrated IaaS and PaaS offerings, or that are currently developing those offerings".  So here is who's in and who's out (by alphabetical order):

  • IN: Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.
  • OUT: CenturyLink, Fujitsu, Interoute (acquired by GTT in Feb), Joyent (owned by Samsung), Virtustream (owned by EMC), NTT Communications, RackSpace and Skytap.

In closing, it's worth mentioning that, according to Gartner's 2018 view of the Cloud world, no vendor is a 'visionary' or a 'challenger'.   Last year, Google, Alibaba Cloud, IBM and Oracle were considered as visionaries.  Only Google moved up to a "Leader" position while Alibaba Cloud, IBM and Oracle retrenched to the "Niche" Category...

How To Choose Your Cloud Provider

Beyond Gartner's most recent report, you will find ample guidance online to guide your cloud buying decisions.   You'll need a mental framework to think through the various options.  Here are some questions worth asking:

What Next?

Gartner's document is a very long and in depth report so it will take you a while to absorb its nuances.  If you are anxious to take action today and test your environment on one or several of the leading clouds highlighted in the Magic Quadrant, simply go to http://atscale.com/try and request your access.  

If you're not quite ready want to further investigate, here are some simple reads that can help:


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Topics: Tableau, Gartner, Business Intelligence, BI on Big Data, Microsoft, Amazon, google

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