Niche Player: Tencent Cloud
Tencent Cloud primarily is focused on China, multinationals in China or Chinese multinationals expanding overseas. It’s investing in network capabilities to support low latencies necessary for gaming workloads, Gartner said.
Strengths: Tencent Cloud’s strengths include enabling digital transformations of social networking, digital marketing and gaming companies. It’s made impactful hybrid-cloud deployments with top financial services clients in China and has resources to invest billions of dollars in a wide range of capabilities, from IaaS to artificial intelligence to distributed cloud. It’s also the sole hyperscale cloud provider with a region in Russia and core infrastructure capabilities there.
Cautions: Two-thirds of Tencent Cloud’s cloud regions have just one availability zone, and there are notable gaps between its China-focused and international regions, where many of its key capabilities such as DevOps tooling and edge computing are not available. Certain security services are only offered in its Hong Kong region, Gartner said.