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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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Leader: Microsoft

Microsoft Azure, as it has been for years, is second only to Amazon on the Magic Quadrant, lagging noticeably only on the ability to execute axis (though higher by that measure than every other provider).

Microsoft's cloud appeals to customers hosting legacy workloads and cloud-native ones, but for different reasons.

For traditional use cases, customers choose Azure to extend Microsoft infrastructure and build off investments in Microsoft technology.

For modern, agile workloads, Microsoft's cloud holds appeal because of its integrations with Microsoft's application development tools and specialized PaaS capabilities around data storage, machine learning and IoT.

 Strengths:

Microsoft's IaaS and PaaS do well with "Enterprises that are strategically committed to Microsoft technology."

The end-to-end experience for building .NET applications and services and deploying them on Azure "is unsurpassed."

To drive adoption, Microsoft takes advantage of its unique sales reach and co-selling opportunities.

Gartner also noted that Azure provides a "well-integrated approach to edge computing and Internet of Things (IoT)" from its hyper-scale data centers to edge solutions. And Microsoft has become increasingly open, with half of Azure workloads based on Linux and open source application stacks.

"Microsoft has a unique vision for the future that involves bringing in technology partners through native, first-party offerings such as those from VMware, NetApp, Red Hat, Cray and Databricks," Gartner said.

Cautions:

Reliability continues to be a problem for Azure customers.

The cloud has seen several service disruptions over the last year, with many of those outages leaving customers no controls to mitigate downtime. They were mostly the result of "Azure's growing pains."

Enterprises also "frequently lament" the quality and cost of Microsoft's technical support, Gartner said.

 

 
 
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