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Douglas Toombs
Research Director
1 years at Gartner
19 years IT industry

Douglas Toombs works in Gartner's Technology & Service Provider organization, providing research and insights into the cloud, hosting and colocation marketplace in North America ...Read Full Bio

The 2014 Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting (in North America)

by dtoombs  |  July 22, 2014

Last week, we published our Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting in North America (subscriber link here, a reprint link for non-seatholders may be available soon).  This Magic Quadrant represents a bit of a shift in focus from our previous “managed hosting” Magic Quadrants, so I thought it would be worthwhile to give a bit […]

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Quick tips for Magic Quadrant briefing presentations

by dtoombs  |  February 11, 2014

Given that we are coming into the season for our Magic Quadrants for cloud IaaS and hosting, after having been through my first set of MQ briefings in 2013 I thought I would share some thoughts with providers that will be included in these MQs, and my particular thoughts on what makes for an effective […]

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Pre-qualification surveys for 2014 Magic Quadrants have been delivered

by dtoombs  |  January 14, 2014

Last evening, pre-qualification surveys for our 2014 Magic Quadrants were delivered to market participants.  If you have not received an email from me and/or a link from our online surveying tool – and were expecting one – please get in touch with us as soon as possible. For more information on the Magic Quadrants, please see […]

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Information for the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Enabled Managed Hosting in North America

by dtoombs  |  December 18, 2013

Gartner will begin a combined data collection process for four of our magic quadrants during the first full week of January, 2014.  We will combine our data collection efforts as best we can, in order to make the process a bit easier for service providers that may be eligible for multiple magic quadrants worldwide.  The […]

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Who is leading in cloud? Data and context matter…

by dtoombs  |  November 4, 2013

  Earlier today, IBM launched a “bold” (their words) new marketing campaign about cloud computing, with an ad in today’s Wall Street Journal stating that IBM’s cloud “powers 270,000 more websites”  than Amazon.  Not too shortly after the ad was in the market, I received an inquiry asking if this figure is actually true. The […]

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Update – 2013 Managed Hosting Magic Quadrant

by dtoombs  |  January 7, 2013

As of this morning, all pre-qualification surveys for the 2013 Managed Hosting Magic Quadrant have been sent out to organizations that have confirmed their point-of-contact with our coordinator – Michele Severance.  If you have previously confirmed a contact for your organization, but have not received your pre-qualification survey URL – please let Michele know as […]

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Information for the 2013 Managed Hosting Magic Quadrant

by dtoombs  |  January 2, 2013

We have started confirming contacts and delivering pre-qualification surveys for this year’s Managed Hosting Magic Quadrant, with the North American edition due to be published in the spring of 2013. If you believe you may be eligible for consideration for this Magic Quadrant, please get in touch with me immediately either via my blog here, […]

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Joining Gartner, as cloud ramps up

by dtoombs  |  November 21, 2012

I’ve recently joined Gartner as a Research Director focusing on the hosting and managed services market – namely data center colocation, dedicated and managed hosting, cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS), content delivery networks … as well as other third-party services (like managed DNS, DDoS mitigation, etc.) that are naturally “adjacent” to the hosting market. […]

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