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Marco Meinardi
Research Director
1 years at Gartner
18 years IT Industry

Marco Meinardi is a Research Director within Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP). Mr. Meinardi focuses on public cloud, cloud management, cloud adoption strategy and IaaS provider comparison and selection. Read Full Bio

Is Public Cloud Cheaper Than Running Your Own Data Center?

by Marco Meinardi  |  November 30, 2018

The question on whether public cloud infrastructure is cheaper than running on-premises data centers keeps coming in client inquiries. Clients realize that most of the answers produced by the industry so far are skewed by the vested interests of whoever is coming up with those answer. Public cloud providers make their offerings look significantly more cost-effective than on-premises […]

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Neutralizing Shadow IT with Public Cloud Self-Service Governance

by Marco Meinardi  |  August 8, 2018

In today’s scenario where IT is at the core of business innovation, I hear organizations struggling with potentially opposing priorities. On one side, business users and developers want more agility and autonomy. On the other side, central IT must continue to achieve governance to minimize risks and improve efficiency at scale. Historically, organizations have prioritized a […]

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Evaluating Cloud Management Platforms and Tools With The Gartner Toolkit

by Marco Meinardi  |  May 1, 2018

After several months of work, hundreds of customer calls and tens of vendor briefings, it’s finally out there: the Gartner’s “Evaluation Criteria for Cloud Management Platforms and Tools” has just published and is now available to Gartner clients. The research (which is available behind paywall at this link) contains 215 evaluation criteria divided into eight categories and four […]

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Just Published: New Assessments of AWS, Azure and GCP Cloud IaaS

by Marco Meinardi  |  March 13, 2018

Gartner has just published the updated cloud IaaS scores for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Gartner clients are normally used to see these updates coming once a year, but this time we decided to publish a quick incremental update, which is still based on last year’s 236-point Evaluation Criteria (EC) […]

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Upcoming Research: Cloud Management Platforms

by Marco Meinardi  |  January 22, 2018

At Gartner, we’re often asked how to select cloud management platforms (CMP). We’ve been asked that question in the past, when a CMP was the software to transform virtualized data centers into API endpoints. We’re being asked the same question today, when a CMP is used to manage public clouds. At Gartner Catalyst 2017 – […]

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Serverless, Servers and Cloud Management at AWS re:Invent 2017

by Marco Meinardi  |  December 7, 2017

In the last few days, the press has been dominated by countless interpretations of the myriad of AWS re:Invent announcements. Every article I read was trying (hard) to extract some kind of trend or direction from the overall conference. However, it was simply succeeding in providing a single and narrow perspective. AWS have simply tried […]

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New Research: How To Manage Public Cloud Costs on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure

by Marco Meinardi  |  November 27, 2017

Today, I am proud to announce that I just published new research (available here) on how to manage public IaaS and PaaS cloud costs on AWS and Microsoft Azure. The research illustrates a multicloud governance framework that organizations can use to successfully plan, track and optimize cloud spending on an ongoing basis. The note also […]

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