Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Leaders

A recent Gartner report titled “Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service” provides some interesting insights in the enterprise world of Cloud Computing as a service provider model. According to this report Amazon Web Services ranked highest both in terms “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision. These were the two main criteria used in the creation of the report. 

Interestingly,  CSC and Microsoft came in a close second place. Microsoft has been spending heavily to build up Windows Azure as an IaaS program and is seeing some very positive growth. Rackspace, OpenStack promoter also placed well in the survey.

Here are some other selected vendor highlights from the research:

1. CSC is a serious contender because according to the report, “unlike other traditional data center outsourcers, CSC has fully embraced the highly standardized, highly automated cloud model, successfully blending the benefits of a true cloud service into an enterprise-ready offering.”

2. Tier 3 received favorable reviews as “an excellent, highly differentiated set of features on a well-engineered platform with an easy-to-use self-service portal. It is one of the few services with both cloud-native capabilities that are attractive to developers and the governance and management features needed by large enterprises.”

3. Joyent was cited for its “unique vision for cloud IaaS and is exceptionally innovative from a technology perspective. It is developing an integrated technology stack and its infrastructure offerings verge into the platform space. It is making deep investments in fundamental technologies, including its own SmartOS operating system, based on Illumos Solaris and its x86 hypervisor.”

4. IBM was praised for its breadth of vision spanning private and public clouds at both system and application layers, but they ranked poorly overall. It was cited for a feature set that lags that of its competitors. In a timely manner IBM is praised as they completed its $2 billion acquisition of Softlayer which, Gartner called a “thought leader in automated, highly standardized infrastructure services, provisioned on demand.”

Better late than never for IBM.

More on the Softlayer acquisition. 


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