Gartner's Magic Quadrant

Microsoft Azure: Clear Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide

If you are considering how or whether or not, you should leverage the cloud – it’s time to take a look at what Microsoft’s Cloud (Azure) can deliver to your business. For years, Amazon has been at the forefront of cloud innovation. They have no doubt been a major player in this arena and will continue to be for many years to come. However, there is more to the cloud than Amazon has to offer.

What you may not know is that Microsoft has more data centers globally than Amazon & Google combined – they are 100% committed to the cloud first, mobile first journey as communicated many times by Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO.

Let’s take a quick look at why a trusted third party, Gartner, has recognized Microsoft’s Cloud as being a leader in Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Cloud Storage Services, and Application Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Figure 1. Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide (Source: Gartner (August 2016)

Magic Quadrant Cloud Infrastructure as a Service

Whether you are a small, mid-size or enterprise leveraging hybrid cloud (connecting to an on-premise data center) or going all-in completely to the cloud – at the core of it all is the infrastructure.

Why? It’s where you gain the greatest flexibility (scale up/down resources), the highest level of security, redundancy, and financially backed service level agreements for uptime – just to name a few.

It is Microsoft that is in fact giving Amazon some much needed competition in this space. See for yourself.

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Matt Woodward

Insight written by Matt Woodward

Vice President, Digital Transformation at Rand Group

Proactive and agile, Matthew Woodward is the Vice President of Cloud Sales at Rand Group, with over 20 years of experience helping small and mid-market businesses launch, transform, and scale their operations through cloud technology. His inspiring background combines over 14 years in leadership at Microsoft Corporation and 6 years in small business development and advisory as President of Piney River Ventures. A strategic leader and intuitive sales consultant, Matthew has a wealth of experience in cloud business model design and development for SaaS and IT Services, go-to-market strategy and execution, as well as financial forecasting on cloud subscription revenues.

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