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