An Orderly Cloud
Some like their cloud services rough-and-ready -- just an amalgam of raw resources available to be customized into any IT environment the user's heart fancies.
But many businesses want a more managed touch. They want a cloud provider who brings to the table a management platform for rapid, self-service provisioning, taking some of the headache out of deploying workloads on virtual machines.
For use cases like e-business hosting, web-based business application hosting and enterprise application hosting, managed services are a popular option for getting a handle on underlying cloud infrastructure. But even a managed cloud comes with a number of constraints, conditions, qualifications and considerations that VARs and end-customers must keep in mind.
The 19 providers that made the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for cloud-enabled managed hosting all have areas of strength, but also shortcomings customers should know.