Can anyone catch AWS?
What jumps out when you first look at Gartner's 2014 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service vendors is an empty patch in the upper left corner of the chart. None of the 15 cloud providers evaluated this year landed in the quadrant whose occupants Gartner classifies as Challengers: clouds rated well in their ability to execute, but falling short in vision.
Much can be inferred through such a brisk visual analysis. Unyielding price wars, consolidation through acquisitions, and major infrastructure investments are sorting the top players primarily along the divide of those that can execute, and those struggling with the immense challenge of mustering and integrating the substantial hardware and software resources necessary to be a serious cloud player.