Lydia Leong

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Impressions of IBM Pulse

by Lydia Leong  |  February 25, 2014  |  1 Comment

Once upon a time, IBM Pulse was a systems management conference. But this year, IBM has marketed it as a “cloud” conference. The first day of keynotes was largely devoted to IBM’s cloud efforts, although the second day keynote went back to the systems management roots (if still with a cloudy spin). IBM has done [...]

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Vendors, Magic Quadrants, and client status

by Lydia Leong  |  August 22, 2012  |  2 Comments

I’m writing this blog post for vendors who are in Magic Quadrants or who are hoping to be in Magic Quadrants, as well as the Gartner account executives (AEs) who have such vendors as clients and prospects. It’s in lieu of having to send an email blast to a lot of people; since it’s more [...]


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Specific Tips for Magic Quadrant briefings

by Lydia Leong  |  August 10, 2012  |  Comments Off

This is part 2 of a two-part post. The first part contains general tips for Magic Quadrant briefings, applicable to any vendor regardless of how much contact they’ve had with the analyst. This second part divides the tips by that level of contact. Richard Stiennon’s UP and to the RIGHT, which provides advice about the [...]

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General Tips for Magic Quadrant briefings

by Lydia Leong  |  August 10, 2012  |  Comments Off

Three years ago, I wrote a blog post called “What Makes for an Effective MQ Briefing?” This is a follow-up, with my thoughts somewhat more organized. This is part 1 of a two-part post contains the general tips. The next post contains tips that are applicable specifically to each of the three types of vendors. [...]

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AR contacts for a Magic Quadrant should read everything

by Lydia Leong  |  August 7, 2012  |  1 Comment

Something for analyst relations folks and the PR firms that help them, to take note of when participating in a Magic Quadrant: Read every communication that you’re sent, in its entirety. One might think this would be a simple thing, but multiple years of experience have shown that this is not the case. Granted, sometimes [...]

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The art of the customer reference

by Lydia Leong  |  August 6, 2012  |  3 Comments

In the course of my career at Gartner, and my pre-Gartner life as an engineering director who spent giant piles of money on purchasing technology that was often very early-stage, I have spoken to an awful lot of customer references. I’m about to soon dive into the reference-a-thon that a Magic Quadrant represents (we call [...]


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What would make the Cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant better?

by Lydia Leong  |  July 25, 2012  |  1 Comment

At the risk of opening up a can of worms: As a user of the Public Cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant — either as a technology buyer looking to make a vendor decision, or as a vendor looking to understand the market, what would make the document better? Understand that I cannot change the process itself [...]

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Do Amazon’s APIs matter?

by Lydia Leong  |  April 7, 2012  |  Comments Off

For those who have been wondering where I personally stand in the brouhaha over Amazon, Citrix, Eucalyptus, CloudStack, OpenStack, Rackspace, HP, and so on, along with the broader competitive market that includes VMware, Microsoft, and the Four Horsemen of management tools… I should state up-front that I hold the optimistic viewpoint that I want everyone [...]

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Ecosystems in conflict – Amazon vs. VMware, and OpenStack

by Lydia Leong  |  April 6, 2012  |  16 Comments

Citrix contributing CloudStack to the Apache Software Foundation isn’t so much a shot at OpenStack (it just happens to get caught in the crossfire), as it’s a shot against VMware. There are two primary ecosystems developing in the world: VMware and Amazon. Other possibilities, like Microsoft and OpenStack, are completely secondary to those two. You [...]


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Citrix, CloudStack, OpenStack, and the war for open-source clouds

by Lydia Leong  |  April 3, 2012  |  18 Comments

There are dozens upon dozens of cloud management platforms (CMPs), sometimes known as “cloud stacks” or “cloud operating systems”, out in the wild, both commercial and open source. Two have been in the news recently — Eucalyptus and CloudStack — with implications for the third, OpenStack. Last week, Eucalyptus licensed Amazon’s API, and just yesterday, [...]


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