AWS Tops Azure in Gartner IaaS Ranking

Grazed from VirtualizationReview.  Author: Jeffrey Schwartz.

Although research firm Gartner Inc. listed both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure as leaders in its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) report, AWS came out as the top dog. Microsoft, of course, begs to differ.

Close followers in the IaaS space, which Gartner describes as "visionaries," include CenturyLink, Google, VMware and IBM/SoftLayer. Among the others that Gartner described as "niche" providers were Rackspace, Joyent, Virtustream, Interroute, CSC, Dimension Data, Fujitsu, NTT Communications and Verizon...

Despite grouping AWS and Azure as the only leaders, Gartner singled out Amazon as the superior cloud provider. "AWS has a diverse customer base and the broadest range of use cases, including enterprise and mission-critical applications," the report said. "It is the overwhelming market share leader, with over 10 times more cloud IaaS compute capacity in use than the aggregate total of the other 14 providers in this Magic Quadrant."...

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