Here's Who Made Gartner's 2016 Cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant

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Leader: Amazon Web Services

Being first-to-market certainly has its benefits. And Amazon Web Services remains atop the public cloud market by innovating faster than its competitors, maintaining a breakneck pace of feature development.

With a "multiyear competitive advantage over all its competitors," AWS is the reference point for benchmarking the industry. A vibrant AWS Marketplace allows customers to provision thousands of features built by third-party partners.

All that is why "AWS is the provider most commonly chosen for strategic, organization-wide adoption," Gartner noted.

But it's important to remember, according to the researcher, that larger business transformation projects "are best undertaken in conjunction with a [systems integrator]."

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