Last week, Gartner unveiled its Cloud Magic Quadrant, which showcases infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) technology providers focused on public cloud automation as compared to customized managed cloud services. On the list: Amazon Web Services, Terremark, Savvis, CSC, Dimension Data, Tier 3, Rackspace and Virtustream, along with Dell, Fujitsu, OVH, SoftLayer, Bluelock, Joyent and GoGrid.
I’m not going to walk you through what each of these vendors offer in terms of cloud solutions, but for a full look at each vendor and its offering, check out the slideshow on CRN’s website.
To be eligible for this selection, IaaS vendors had to:
- Sell public cloud IaaS as a stand-alone service, without the requirement to bundle it with managed hosting, application development, application maintenance or other outsourcing. They may, optionally, also sell a private version of this offering that uses the same architecture but is not multitenant.
- The service must be enterprise-class, offering 24/7 customer support, SLAs, the ability to scale an application beyond the capacity of a single physical server, an allowable VM size of at least eight compute units and 15 GB of RAM, the ability to support secure connectivity to the infrastructure, and support for role-based access control. They must offer this service in a minimum of two data centers, located in different metropolitan areas.
- They must be among the top 15 global providers, by Gartner-estimated market share for the evaluated services (public cloud IaaS and standardized private cloud IaaS).
The second annual cloud Magic Quadrant follows a recent report by Gartner that shows this corner of the cloud market, namely IaaS, is expected to account for nearly $109 million in IT spend worldwide this year, and should grow top $206 billion by 2016.