Lydia Leong

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HP buys Eucalyptus

by Lydia Leong  |  September 12, 2014  |  9 Comments

In an interesting move that seems to be predominantly an acquihire, HP has bought Eucalyptus for an undisclosed sum, though speculation is that the deal’s under $100m, less than a 2x multiple on what Eucalyptus has raised in funding (although that would still be a huge multiple on revenue). Out of this, HP gets Eucalyptus’s […]

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Bimodal IT, VMworld, and the future of VMware

by Lydia Leong  |  August 25, 2014  |  6 Comments

In Gartner’s 2014 research for CIOs, we’ve increasingly been talking about “bimodal IT”. Bimodal IT is the idea that organizations need two speeds of IT — call them traditional IT and agile IT (Gartner just calls them mode-1 and mode-2). Traditional IT is focused on “doing IT right”, with a strong emphasis on efficiency and […]

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AWS 2Q14 and why the sky is not falling

by Lydia Leong  |  July 28, 2014  |  7 Comments

Amazon posted weaker 2Q 2014 results for Amazon Web Services, leading some to speculate about competitive pressures despite continued enormous growth in usage. Investors are asking, probably reasonably, what’s going on here. Is the overall market for cloud computing weakening? Are competitors taking more market share? Or is this largely the result of the price […]

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The 2014 Cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant

by Lydia Leong  |  May 30, 2014  |  7 Comments

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, 2014, has just been released (see the client-only interactive version, or the free reprint). If you’re a Gartner client, you can also view the related charts, which summarize the offerings, features, and data center locations in a convenient table format. (The charts are unfortunately less readable […]

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Reflections on the OpenStack Atlanta summit

by Lydia Leong  |  May 14, 2014  |  9 Comments

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  |  3 Comments

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  |  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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The end of the beginning of cloud computing

by Lydia Leong  |  January 28, 2014  |  3 Comments

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  |  1 Comment

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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