Available: Gartner Cloud Magic Quadrant

If there’s a time in the year when cloud service providers are on their teeth, it’s the day of the release of the Gartner Magic Quadrant. Each industry has its own analytical or reference tool: radio and television ratings, specialized publications for the automotive world, elections for politics. For technology, there’s Gartner’s publications.

Basically, these magical quadrants are the result of Gartner’s analysis of various topics in the world of technology. My favorite topic is cloud computing, so I’ll summarize what Gartner’s 2020 Quadrant says.

For the first time, the cloud quadrant covers IaaS, PaaS, FAaS, private cloud, etc., but excludes SaaS services. Gartner brings a new approach to distributed cloud computing by grouping these categories of services. I agree with this grouping because it reflects the reality of organizations moving to cloud computing. There is a significant gap between software-mode services (SaaS) and the rest of cloud services, so why not bundle the Non-SaaS services together?

Gartner Magic Quadrant 2020 CIPS

All companies want to be as high as possible and to the right of this quadrant. Those who find themselves there are considered leaders and vision. Being a leader means being the best in what you do. Being visionary means being able to remain a leader in the coming years.

For 2020, Amazon AWS is honoured as the leader and company with the most vision in cloud services. Microsoft Azure and Google GCP are also in this leader-visionary area, but there is a setback compared to Amazon AWS.

What should always be read in this kind of analysis are the reasons that led Gartner to place a supplier in a given position. With respect to Amazon AWS, Gartner mentions the size (scale) of AWS, the motivation to provide cloud services to customers that meet their needs, and the financial health of AWS as factors that placed AWS ahead of others. That said, AWS should be careful not to lose control because of its size in the market. Signs of this potential loss of control can be found when Gartner analysts mention the lack of cohesion between the many AWS services.

Microsoft Azure moved a little back in this quadrant compared to previous ones while maintaining its 2nd position. Azure, Microsoft’s cloud, always retains the following positive points: a complete solution for its customers, key partnerships with Oracle, SAP and VMware, its Visual Studio Code development platform, its marketing, and the recognized Microsoft name of customers. Negative side and the cause of the decline: fewer availability areas (geographic coverage of treatment centres), COVID which overburdened some treatment centres penalizing clients of those centres, and technical support which seems to be also a concern to Gartner.

Google, with its GCP, is just behind Microsoft and has progressed over the previous quadrant. Google stands out for its flagship and innovative products Kubernetes and TensorFlow, both from the free software world where Google is very present. Anthos, another Google product, also attracts the attention of Gartner analysts. Google GCP remains strong with its databases and IaaS services. For Garter, it is a matter of concern that Google does not seem to be focused on partnerships that would allow it to gain better penetration into companies. In addition, GCP’s profits within Google are minimal and its positioning in the giant Google worries Gartner.

We are also experiencing significant progress on the part of Oracle and Allibaba. Oracle has completely reviewed its cloud. The result is very encouraging and Gartner mentions it. Although Chinese property and therefore set aside by many, Alibaba is pointing his nose and seems to be on an upward slope in the Gartner quadrants.

Gartner’s findings are similar to my findings on the ground. In my little corner of the planet (province of Quebec), Microsoft and Amazon are fighting hard and we see Oracle on the horizon. Google, not or very little present, besides a customer here and there.

Certainly, cloud computing is advancing at 100 per hour, regardless of the provider, and that’s fine.

Give me a signal to begin your discussion on the transition to cloud computing.

Luc Pâquet

Translation made by the Amazon Translate service

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