Windstream Hosted Solutions
Strengths: "As a carrier, Windstream can cater to customer use cases where end-to-end SLAs (spanning wide-area network and compute) would be required," Gartner said.
Windstream has also embraced Docker, and has adapted quickly to the popularity of Linux containers in the cloud market.
A partnership with Racemi should help the provider simplify migration of on-premises virtual machines to its cloud.
Cautions: The lack of international capacity, or for that matter cloud-enabled managed hosting from any data center west of Little Rock, can limit adoption.
"Customers engaging with Windstream should make sure they have an understanding as to what services the company provides as managed services, versus what may be done as professional services (or what may be performed by third-party partners)," Gartner said.