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Cloud Evolution – Animated Gartner IaaS Magic Quadrant

The Cloud landscape is rapidly evolving. Which creates a strong case for using a single cloud management and orchestration solution that gives you flexibility and avoids lock in.

Back in May, cloud thought leader Michael Ducy @mfdii tweeted an animation he created showing the last four Gartner IaaS Magic Quadrants, which showed how much things have evolved among public cloud vendors over the last three years. I absolutely loved this idea and created version with some additional comments between years:

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Leaders Emerge

When viewed as a series what becomes clear is that most of the vendors have moved down and to the left as opposed to the desired up and to the right. The exceptions, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, aren’t surprising given where those offerings stand in public cloud market share. Google and VMware show some positive signs there as well.

Change is Inevitable

The biggest observation, though, is the amount of change that has happened in the IaaS market just since October 2012. We’ve written about how cloud provider offerings won’t converge any time soon. But it is striking to see how in just a few years, of the fifteen offerings on the first Magic Quadrant in this sequence, four of the fifteen on the original Magic Quadrant no longer appear, and another four have been acquired.

This perfectly illustrates a key tenant to CliQr’s value proposition. The IaaS market is one that continues to undergo rapid change. The best cloud for your workload today might not be the best one six months from now given how quickly IaaS providers change things like pricing or instance type availability. This Gartner Magic Quadrant exercise demonstrates that, especially for large Enterprise IT, the reason your business customers select one cloud provider over another may change. You need to be able to support a portfolio of cloud providers and not get stuck if your customers change their mind.

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