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Lydia Leong
VP Distinguished Analyst
16 years at Gartner
23 years IT industry

Lydia Leong covers cloud computing and infrastructure strategies, along with a broad range of topics related to the transformation of IT organizations, data centers, and technology providers.Read Full Bio

Reflections on the OpenStack Atlanta summit

by Lydia Leong  |  May 14, 2014

When I wrote a research note called Don’t Let OpenStack Hype Distort Your Selection of a Cloud Management Platform in 2012, in September 2012, I took quite a bit of flak in public for my statements about OpenStack’s maturity. At the time, I felt that the industry was about 18 to 24 months from the […]

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First impressions of IBM BlueMix

by Lydia Leong  |  February 25, 2014

IBM has launched the beta of BlueMix, its Cloud Foundry-based PaaS. Understanding what BlueMix, and IBM, do and don’t bring to the table means a bit of a digression into how Cloud Foundry works as a PaaS. Since my blog is usually pretty infrastructure-oriented, I’m guessing that a significant percentage of readers won’t know very […]

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Impressions of IBM Pulse

by Lydia Leong  |  February 25, 2014

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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The end of the beginning of cloud computing

by Lydia Leong  |  January 28, 2014

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

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

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

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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Shooting squirrels from the roof

by Lydia Leong  |  January 12, 2014

I’ve been spending the last week revising the combined service-provider survey for our Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS, and the new regional Magic Quadrants for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting. With every year of revision, the way I ask questions becomes lengthier and more specific, along with the boldfaced “THESE THINGS DO NOT COUNT” caveats. These caveats […]

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Google Compute Engine goes GA

by Lydia Leong  |  December 3, 2013

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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See me perform the Glazunov violin concerto! (DC area, Dec 15th)

by Lydia Leong  |  November 19, 2013

On a totally personal note (a rarity for my blog, for better or for worse): I am the soloist for the Glazunov violin concerto with the Montgomery Philharmonic, on Sunday, December 15th. (7 pm, Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, in suburban Washington DC. Free concert, no tickets required, kids welcome.) It’s an enormously rare opportunity to be […]

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