In the context of this Magic Quadrant, cloud compute IaaS (hereafter referred to simply as “cloud IaaS” or “IaaS”) is defined as a standardized, highly automated offering, where compute resources, complemented by storage and networking capabilities, are owned by a service provider and offered to the customer on demand. The resources are scalable and elastic in near real time, and metered by use. Self-service interfaces are exposed directly to the customer, including a web-based UI and an API. The resources may be single-tenant or multitenant, and hosted by the service provider or on-premises in the customer’s data center. Thus, this Magic Quadrant covers both public and private cloud IaaS offerings.
On Jun 15 2017, Gartner has published Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service that – no surprising – has Amazon Web Services and Microsoft alone in the leader’s quadrant, same as last few years.
Reference: Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide
In the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide, for the 6th straight year, Gartner placed Amazon Web Services in the “Leaders” quadrant and named AWS as having both the furthest completeness of vision and the highest ability to execute.
In the publication “2015 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide” Gartner Amazon Web Services ranks in the “Leaders” quadrant and appreciates AWS both the completeness of its vision and the most pronounced ability to implement them.
According to the report, Microsoft’s Azure cloud service is already making significant inroads despite the fact that it only launched the IaaS component of its business into general availability a little over a year ago.
What’s interesting about this year’s Visionaries is that they all have new platforms — CenturyLink with the Tier 3 acquisition, CSC with the ServiceMesh acquisition coupled with the AWS partnership, Google with Google Compute Engine, IBM with the SoftLayer acquisition, and Verizon Terremark with the still-beta Verizon Cloud. (Arguably VMware falls into this bucket as well, despite being a Niche Player this year.) These providers are in the middle of reinventing themselves, most with the idea of battling it out for the #3 spot in the market.