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Here’s Who Made Gartner’s Magic Quadrant For Cloud Infrastructure And Platform Services

Donna Goodison

Here’s a look at the seven IaaS and PaaS cloud providers included in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services report.

Gartner Methodology

Gartner defines the cloud infrastructure and platform services (CIPS) market as standardized, highly automated offerings in which infrastructure resources such as compute, networking and storage are complemented by integrated platform services that include managed application, database and functions as-a-service offerings. The Magic Quadrant for CIPS’ scope includes Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and integrated Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings.

To qualify for inclusion, cloud providers must sell public cloud IaaS as a stand-alone service, without requiring customers to use any managed services or to bundle it with managed hosting, application development, application maintenance or other forms of outsourcing. They may also sell a private or hybrid offering that uses the same architecture, but is single-tenant.

At least one of their public cloud IaaS offerings must meet certain criteria. If the offering has been generally available for more than three years, it must have generated at least $1 billion in 2020 public cloud IaaS and PaaS revenue, excluding partner-operated and/or distributed/hybrid/private cloud infrastructure deployed outside its data centers, excluding managed and professional services. A minimum of $250 million of the CIPS contract revenue must come from outside the country where more than half of their data centers are located. If the provider’s offering has been generally available for less than three years, it must have generated at least $500 million in 2020 revenue, excluding managed and professional services, and demonstrated a growth rate of at least 50 percent exiting 2020.

Evaluation criteria include ability to execute and completeness of vision as of July 2021.

Gartner defines Magic Quadrant “Leaders” as those distinguishing themselves by offering a service suitable for strategic adoption and having an ambitious road map, an appreciable market share and many referenceable customers. ”Visionaries” have an ambitious future vision and are making significant investments in the development of unique technologies. Their services still are emerging, and many of their capabilities are in development and not yet generally available. They also might not yet serve a broad range of use cases well, or they may have limited geographic reach. “Niche Players” may be excellent providers for particular use cases or regions, but are considered specialists that don’t cater to a broad range of use cases well or don’t have a broadly ambitious road map. While they may have staked leadership positions in markets adjacent to the CIPS market, they have developed only limited CIPS capabilities.

 
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