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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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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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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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IBM buys SoftLayer

by Lydia Leong  |  June 4, 2013  |  7 Comments

It’s been a hot couple of weeks in the cloud infrastructure as a service space. Microsoft’s Azure IaaS (persistent VMs) came out of beta, Google Compute Engine went into public beta, VMware formally launched its public cloud (vCloud Hybrid Service), and Dell withdrew from the mark. Now, IBM is acquiring SoftLayer, with a deal size [...]

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The myth of zero downtime

by Lydia Leong  |  March 21, 2013  |  1 Comment

Every time there’s been a major Amazon outage, someone always says something like, “Regular Web hosters and colocation companies don’t have outages!” I saw an article in my Twitter stream today, and finally decided that the topic deserves a blog post. (The article seemed rather linkbait-ish, so I’m not going to link it.) It is [...]

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The forthcoming Managed Hosting Magic Quadrant, 2013

by Lydia Leong  |  December 7, 2012  |  Comments Off

Gartner will soon be starting the process of updating our Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting, currently targeted for publication in Q1 of 2013. This is the update to the Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting that was published in March 2012 of this year; a free reprint is available. If you consider yourself to be an [...]

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Having cloud-enabled technology != Having a cloud

by Lydia Leong  |  November 30, 2012  |  Comments Off

Many people confuse “using a hardware and software stack that potentially enables a cloud” with “cloud infrastructure as a service”. Analyst firms haven’t necessarily done a good job with drawing the distinction, either — there are plenty of (hopefully non-Gartner) analysts who use “IaaS” interchangeably to describe the technology stack and the service itself. The [...]

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The Tip of the Spear

by Lydia Leong  |  May 14, 2012  |  Comments Off

So I caught an interesting Horses for Sources blog post via Twitter — Phil Fersht of HfS called out a blog post of ISG’s Stanton Jones discussing the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting that I published earlier this year. Stanton Jones’s argument seems to be that analysts sit in ivory towers, theorizing about suppliers, [...]

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Wanted – Cloud IaaS Expert

by Lydia Leong  |  March 22, 2012  |  1 Comment

Back in December, I blogged about five reasons you should work at Gartner with me, and I’ve pleased to announce that Doug Toombs (formerly of Tier 1 Research / 451 Group) has joined my team. However, Ted Chamberlin, my long-time colleague, has decided he’d like a change of pace, and has just left us for [...]

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