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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

Tiering self-service by user competence

by Lydia Leong  |  August 10, 2020

A nontrivial chunk of my client conversations are centered on the topic of cloud IaaS/PaaS self-service, and how to deal with development teams (and other technical end-user teams, i.e. data scientists, researchers, hardware engineers, etc.) that use these services. These teams, and the individuals within those teams, often have different levels of competence with the […]

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Hunting the Dread Gazebo of Repatriation

by Lydia Leong  |  July 27, 2020

(Confused by the title of this post? Read this brief anecdote.) The myth of cloud repatriation refuses to die, and a good chunk of the problem is that users (and poll respondents) use “repatriation” is a wild array of ways, but non-cloud vendors want you to believe that “repatriation” means enterprises packing up all their […]

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Building multicloud expertise

by Lydia Leong  |  July 16, 2020

Building cloud expertise is hard. Building multicloud expertise is even harder. By “multicloud” in this context, I mean “adopting, within your organization, multiple cloud providers that do something similar” (such as adopting both AWS and Azure). Integrated IaaS+PaaS providers are complex and differentiated entities, in both technical and business aspects. Add in their respective ecosystems […]

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Refining the Cloud Center of Excellence

by Lydia Leong  |  July 13, 2020

What sort of org structures work well for helping to drive successful cloud adoption? Every day I talk to businesses and public-sector entities about this topic. Some have been successful. Others are struggling. And the late-adopters are just starting out and want to get it right from the start. Back in 2014, I started giving […]

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Finally, private cloud identical to public cloud

by Lydia Leong  |  July 9, 2020

Digging into my archive of past predictions… In a research note on the convergence of public and private cloud, published almost exactly eight years ago in July 2012, I predicted that the cloud IaaS market would eventually deliver a service that delivered a full public cloud experience as if it were private cloud — at […]

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Outside help can accelerate cloud journeys

by Lydia Leong  |  July 8, 2020

Note: It’s been a while since I blogged actively, and I’m attempting to return to writing short-form posts on a regular basis. In my current role within Gartner for Technical Professionals, I talk to a lot of cloud architects, engineers, and other technical individual contributors who are concerned that seeking outside assistance for cloud implementations […]

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Gartner’s cloud IaaS assessments, 2019 edition

by Lydia Leong  |  July 30, 2019

We’ve just completed our 2019 evaluations of cloud IaaS providers, resulting in a new Magic Quadrant, Critical Capabilities, and six Solution Scorecards — one for each of the providers included in the Magic Quadrant. This process has also resulted in fresh benchmarking data within Gartner’s Cloud Decisions tool, a SaaS offering available to Gartner for […]

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Updating Gartner’s cloud IaaS evaluation criteria

by Lydia Leong  |  July 30, 2019

In February of this year, we revised the Evaluation Criteria for Cloud IaaS (Gartner paywall). The evaluation criteria (now rebranded Solution Criteria) are essentially the sort of criteria that prospective customers typically include in RFPs. They are highly detailed technical criteria, along with some objectively-verifiable business capabilities (such as elements in a technical support program, […]

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Transitioning roles at Gartner

by Lydia Leong  |  June 19, 2018

I’m excited to announce that, as of yesterday, I’ve joined the Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) team here at Gartner. For years, I’ve enjoyed working closely with Kyle Hilgendorf, Eli Khnaser, Mindy Cancila, Doug Toombs, Marco Meinardi, Alan Waite, and many others in our GTP research division, and I’m looking forward to deepening this collaboration. Those of you who have […]

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Critical Capabilities launched, new Magic Quadrant starting

by Lydia Leong  |  December 14, 2016

The Critical Capabilities for Public Cloud IaaS, 2016 has now been published. The Critical Capabilities is a technical assessment of public cloud IaaS offerings against a set of use cases — cloud-native applications, general business applications, application development environments, batch computing, and (new for 2016) the Internet of Things. It’s part of our integrated series […]

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