Lydia Leong

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The end of the beginning of cloud computing

by Lydia Leong  |  January 28, 2014  |  1 Comment

As my colleague Daryl Plummer has put it: We’re at the end of the beginning phase of cloud computing. As 2014 dawns, we’re moving into an era of truly mainstream adoption of cloud IaaS. While many organizations have already been using cloud IaaS for several years, gradually moving from development to production, with an ever-expanding [...]

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Recommended reading for 2014 Cloud IaaS and Managed Hosting Magic Quadrants

by Lydia Leong  |  January 14, 2014  |  1 Comment

If you’re a service provider interested in participating in the research process for Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS (see the call for vendors), or the regional Magic Quadrants for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting (see that call for vendors), you will probably want to read some of my previous blog posts. The Magic Quadrant Process Itself [...]

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Foundational Gartner research notes for cloud IaaS and managed hosting, 2014

by Lydia Leong  |  January 14, 2014  |  Comments Off

With the refresh of the Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS, and the evolution of the regional Magic Quadrants for Managed Hosting into Magic Quadrants for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, I am following my annual tradition of highlighting researching that myself and others have published that’s important in the context of these MQs. These notes lay out [...]

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Last call for vendors for 2014 Cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant

by Lydia Leong  |  January 12, 2014  |  1 Comment

We began the call-for-vendors process for Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, as well as the regional Magic Quadrants for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, in December. (See Doug Toombs’s call for vendors for the latter.) The pre-qualification survey, which is intended to gather quantitative metrics and information about each provider’s service, is [...]

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Google Compute Engine goes GA

by Lydia Leong  |  December 3, 2013  |  10 Comments

Google Compute Engine (GCE) — Google’s cloud IaaS offering — is now in general availability, an announcement accompanied by a 10% price drop, new persistent disk (which should now pretty much always be used instead of scratch disk), and expanded OS support (though no Microsoft Windows yet). The announcement also highlights two things I wrote [...]


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CenturyLink (Savvis) acquires Tier 3

by Lydia Leong  |  November 19, 2013  |  4 Comments

If you’re an investment banker or a vendor, and you’ve asked me in the last year, “Who should we buy?”, I’ve often pointed at enStratius (bought by Dell), ServiceMesh (bought by CSC last week), and Tier 3. So now I’m three for three, because CenturyLink just bought Tier 3, continuing its acquisition activity. CenturyLink is [...]


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Infrastructure resilience, fast VM restart, and Google Compute Engine

by Lydia Leong  |  November 15, 2013  |  1 Comment

If you read Gartner research, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve started referring to something called “fast VM restart”. We consider it to be a critical infrastructure resiliency feature for many business application workloads. Many applications are small. Really, really small. They take a fraction of a CPU core, and less than 1 GB of RAM. [...]

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Google Compute Engine and live migration

by Lydia Leong  |  November 14, 2013  |  1 Comment

Google Compute Engine (GCE) has been a potential cloud-emperor contender in the shadows, and although GCE is still in beta, it’s been widely speculated that Google will likely be the third vendor in the trifecta of big cloud IaaS market-share leaders, along with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Windows Azure. Few would doubt Google’s [...]

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IBM SoftLayer, versus Amazon or versus Rackspace?

by Lydia Leong  |  November 12, 2013  |  1 Comment

Near the beginning of July, IBM closed its acquisition of SoftLayer (which I discussed in a previous blog post). A little over three months have passed since then, and IBM has announced the addition of more than 1,500 customers, the elimination of SmartCloud Enterprise (SCE, IBM’s cloud IaaS offering), and went on the offensive against [...]

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Verizon Cloud is technically innovative, but is it enough?

by Lydia Leong  |  October 4, 2013  |  5 Comments

Verizon Terremark has announced the launch of its new Verizon Cloud service built using its own technology stack. Verizon already owns a cloud IaaS offering — in fact, it owns several. Terremark was an early AWS competitor with the Terremark Enterprise Cloud, a VMware-based offering that got strong enterprise traction during the early years of [...]


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