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Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant For Cloud IaaS: Six Top Providers

Check out who made Gartner’s 2019 Cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant.

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The Super Six

Last year, Gartner changed the criteria by which it evaluated cloud providers for its 2018 Infrastructure-as-a-Service Magic Quadrant, and the researcher subsequently eliminated all but six industry heavyweights from its highly influential annual report.

Those same six companies remain this year, and in the same quadrants.

The Big 3 of cloud—Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform—occupy the prestigious Leaders quadrant on the MQ.

The other three providers—Oracle, IBM and Alibaba Cloud—are all situated across the diagonal as Niche Players.

But all those on the IaaS MQ have their own strengths and weaknesses that make them more likely to meet, or fail to meet, the demands of specific customers. Enterprises should consider those attributes when selecting a cloud provider.


The Gartner Magic Quadrant ranks cloud vendors on two criteria: Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision.

Execution is represented on the Y-axis of Gartner's chart; vision on the X-axis. That lands competitors into one of four quadrants: Niche Players (low in both criteria), Visionaries (complete vision but lacking execution), Challengers (good execution but lacking vision), and Leaders (excelling in both vision and execution).

Among the six providers evaluated this year, three landed in the Leaders Quadrant (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform), and the three others were relegated to Niche Player status (Oracle, Alibaba, and IBM).


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