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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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Niche Player: Alibaba Cloud

Two years after the Chinese e-commerce giant broke into the Gartner IaaS Magic Quadrant, its cloud, called Aliyun in Chinese, remains in the Niche Player category.

Gartner only evaluated the company's international service, headquartered in Singapore.

Alibaba Cloud is still the market leader in China, and it performs well for Chinese digital businesses and the Chinese government.

While the company offers private options in China for building hybrid clouds, outside its home country it's mostly used by cloud-first workloads demanding agility, even after striking partnerships in 2018 with VMware and SAP. 


Gartner noted "an extensive set" of integrated IaaS and PaaS features, which are "comparable in scope to the service portfolios of other globally focused hyperscale providers."

The company's close relationships with the Alibaba Group helps the cloud service "act as a bridge" into China for international companies, and out of China for Chinese ones.


The international service Gartner evaluated doesn't have all the capabilities offered in China, nor the feature depth of competitors like AWS, Microsoft and Google. And in many regions, services are only available for specific compute instances.

The cloud "has limited capabilities in terms of an MSP ecosystem, third-party enterprise software integration and operational tools."

Financial losses are growing, and they may prevent Alibaba's further investment in expanding into international markets.


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