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The Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services

by Raj Bala  |  March 2, 2020  |  Submit a Comment

Today we are announcing the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services (CIPS) which is the evolution of the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).  I am exceedingly excited to lead the CIPS MQ along with my colleagues Bob Gill, Dennis Smith and David Wright.

Why are we making this change? 

We are evolving the IaaS MQ to represent both how customers use public cloud IaaS platforms and how our clients want to use our research.  Ultimately, customers are using these platforms in broad ways well beyond just compute, networking and storage.  As a result, we have expanded the scope of coverage with the CIPS MQ to include additional PaaS-level capabilities such as application-PaaS platforms in addition to doubling-down on existing areas such as managed database services, distributed cloud platforms and serverless computing.

What’s the Inclusion Criteria?

Importantly, the baseline inclusion criteria for the CIPS MQ builds upon the 2019 IaaS MQ inclusion criteria.  As examples of the expanded inclusion criteria, in addition to the IaaS requirements, we now also require that providers offer PaaS-level capabilities such as functions as a service (FaaS) and developer capabilities.

What about the Critical Capabilities for CIPS?

We will also publish the Critical Capabilities for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services, a companion to the CIPS MQ that compares provider capabilities by use case.  Dennis Smith will lead this CC.

When will the CIPS MQ and CC publish?

The CIPS MQ is scheduled to publish at the end of July 2020.


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Raj Bala
Research Director
5 years at Gartner
20 years IT Industry

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