As leader of Gartner’s cloud computing agenda, I don’t normally respond to random blog posts, but this from James Watters in Siliconangle requires some response. I will limit it to the facts and leave readers to draw their own conclusions. (This includes references to Gartner published research which requires a subscription to see the entire document).
James uses the following “facts” to make his #FAILCLAIMS:
In the last two months they have:
1. Claimed ‘cloud computing’ is a $46B addressable market, on track to grow to $146B by 2013 (four years).
FACT: Actually, the market study is for cloud services, not cloud computing.
2. Defined ‘cloud computing’ for the first time officially.
FACT: Actually we first published our definition over a year ago in “Cloud Computing: Defining and describing an emerging phenomenon.”, (Gartner subscription required). It is in the last two months that we made a minor tweak to that definition in “Five Refining characteristics define public and private cloud computing”. (Our definition is “Cloud Computing is a style of computing where scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service to multiple external customers using Internet technologies”. The tweak we made replaced “massively scalable” with “scalable and elastic”.)
3. Announced cloud hype had hit its hype peak and would be downhill for the foreseeable future.
FACT: That’s not the way hype cycles should be interpreted. Hype cycles measure Hype. Can anyone reasonably say that cloud computing is not at the peak of inflated expectations? Nobody has said otherwise. Now it may stay there for a while, but the hype will have to go downhill. That doesn’t mean that the concept or technology will be downhill, just the hype around it. And it is not a contradiction to have a forecast for growth in something that is peaking in hype.
4. Ranked IBM in the ‘leaders’ quadrant for cloud computing despite their lack of an offering, as they themselves detailed — meanwhile ranking Amazon equal on ‘vision’ for the category and lacking in ability to execute.
FACT: the MQ referred to here is titled “Web Hosting and Hosted Cloud System Infrastructure Services (On Demand)”. while there is SOME cloud in it, it is a great stretch to call this a quadrant for cloud computing. It is primarily about web hosting, as the title says (see colleague Lydia Leong’s blog post on this).
Also, all these research positions come from Gartner Research, not Gartner Consulting, which is part of Gartner but does not publish research positions like this.
I hope this clarifies what we actually wrote so people can form their own opinions
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