The news is out that Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure have stormed ahead as visionaries in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for cloud compute IaaS.
As a Microsoft Gold Partner, our product development has always been informed and enriched by Microsoft technology, so selecting Azure as the foundation of our cloud offering was a natural choice. We’ve experienced demand from both channel partners and clients looking into IaaS and believe that our offering on Azure creates a significant value proposition for businesses adopting a cloud delivery model for load balancing and traffic management technology.
Amazon Web Services and Microsoft placed No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for cloud infrastructure services, with Google moving up to visionary status.
Here’s a look at Gartner’s Magic Quadrant on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
– AWS has a diverse customer base and most use cases. AWS is also mature but requires expertise to operate and buyers need to seek out sales and architecture engagement. Customers also have trouble getting into the deep range of services.
– Microsoft integrates infrastructure and platform as a service best and has better integration. Gartner also gave Microsoft props for being more open and being a good enough option to AWS. The knocks against Microsoft Azure are documentation, support and an ongoing build out. In addition, partners lack expertise in deep integration tasks.