As IT products and services develop over time, Gartner often makes adjustments to Magic Quadrants in order to make sure that our analysis represents evolving buyer’s needs and expectations as closely as possible. Sometimes these adjustments are relatively small tweaks to inclusion criteria and/or scoring elements, and other times they are significant restructuring of our analysis overall. In 2016, Gartner will be making a number of significant changes to Magic Quadrants related to the hosting and Infrastructure-as-a-Service markets, including the retirement of some Magic Quadrants into overall Market Guides, and the launch of a brand new Magic Quadrant.
In 2015, we noted in both our Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide and our Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, North America the rather significant changes that were taking place in the market for hosting and cloud infrastructure services. Through thousands of inquiries with end-user organizations over 2014 and 2015, Gartner has watched as customers have evolved their view of the marketplace. The outsized mindshare that hyperscale Infrastructure-as-a-Service platforms such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Google Compute Engine have obtained has led buyers to analyze these offerings as far more than a vendor or a technology … but as more of an overall “strategic platform” for their organizations to build new and innovative/disruptive applications on over the next decade. This is especially true among North American clients.
Therefore Gartner will be making the following changes to our Magic Quadrants in the hosting and IaaS markets in 2016:
- First, Gartner will be launching a new “Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Global” in 2016. More details on this Magic Quadrant will be available soon on Lydia Leong’s blog.
- Second, in order to make room for the new Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, and because buyer behavior in North America has moved the most towards this direction, we have retired our Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting in North America. In its place, we will be publishing a North American Market Guide for hosting for our end-user clients, roughly at the same time last year’s Magic Quadrant was published (July).
- Third, in Europe and Asia-Pacific there is still more of a focus on locally-hosted services than in North America, therefore our Magic Quadrants for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting will continue in those markets but will be changing their focus slightly, as represented by their new titles – Magic Quadrant for Managed Hybrid Cloud Hosting.
We are looking forward working with service providers as we continue to adapt our research to the changing landscape among IT buyers. Stay tuned for more details coming shortly from Lydia Leong’s blog in the days and weeks ahead.