Microsoft Azure reaches Gartner's Magic Quadrant for IaaS

Great to see Microsoft far away from the pack deep in to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant.

 

 

From Gartner:

In the context of this Magic Quadrant, cloud compute IaaS (hereafter referred to simply as “cloud IaaS” or “IaaS”) is defined as a standardized, highly automated offering, where compute resources, complemented by storage and networking capabilities, are owned by a service provider and offered to the customer on demand. The resources are scalable and elastic in near real time, and metered by use. Self-service interfaces are exposed directly to the customer, including a web-based UI and an API. The resources may be single-tenant or multitenant, and hosted by the service provider or on-premises in the customer’s data center.

Not far behind Amazon AWS which is really impressive. Gartner credits Microsoft for integrating infrastructure and platform as a service best and having 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.