Gartner has just published the updated cloud IaaS scores for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and for the first time, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). These scores are based on the updated version of the Evaluation Criteria (EC) for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service which published in May 2018.
What’s new this year is that the Evaluation Criteria included a lot of high-control platform as a service hcPaaS criterion. We recognize that the lines between IaaS and PaaS continue to blur, especially around PaaS services that are infrastructure related or even infrastructure specific. Therefore, we decided that this year the EC would include the hcPaaS criteria for a more accurate scoring of the provider. The 2018 Evaluation Criteria for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service now has a total of 263 criteria.
Additionally, we are now announcing scores on the major Cloud IaaS providers twice a year as opposed to the yearly cadence we have historically followed. This is also in recognition that the providers are innovating rapidly and we need to present clients with the most up to date information we have. Therefore, Gartner clients can expect a score refresh in the summer and in the winter.
The scores you see below and an overall provider score that is not listed here will be featured in the Cloud Wars presentation that I will give at our Catalyst US, Catalyst UK and IOSS conferences this summer and fall. I promise this session to be packed with information on the providers and a surprise giveaway as well. Join us in San Diego in a few weeks!
So, how did they do?
Given that we have added the hcPaaS criteria and that we are now up to 263 total criteria, all four providers did very well. The interesting observation here is that for the first time since we have been keeping scores, Azure pulled away in the required criteria at 95%, whereas AWS came in at 93%. AWS still leads in preferred where most of the value-add criteria is categorized and they are both tied in optional. GCP continues to make progress and has increased its score since the last publication and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, a new provider that we had not scored before fared really well.
Gartner clients have access to these documents immediately:
- Evaluation Criteria for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service
- In-Depth Assessment of Amazon Web Services IaaS, July 2018
- In-Depth Assessment of Microsoft Azure IaaS, July 2018
- In-Depth Assessment of Google Cloud Platform IaaS, July 2018
- In-Depth Assessment of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure IaaS, July 2018
Looking for the best IT conferences to attend this year? I will be presenting at the following Gartner conference and I strongly recommend Catalyst. If you have never been to Catalyst, you are missing out on the great IT conference with the deepest technical coverage out there. Check out the conference catalog:
- Gartner Catalyst San Diego, CA (August 20 – 23)
- Gartner Catalyst London, UK (26 – 27 September)
- Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies Conference 2018 Las Vegas, NV (December 3 – 6)