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Gartner names Microsoft Azure as a leader in the Cloud IaaS MQ

As customers bet more and more on Cloud to drive digital transformation within their organizations, we’re seeing tremendous usage of Azure. Recently, Forbes reported a study done by Cowen and Company…

As customers bet more and more on Cloud to drive digital transformation within their organizations, we’re seeing tremendous usage of Azure. Recently, Forbes reported a study done by Cowen and Company Equity Research, and stated that Microsoft Azure is the most used Public Cloud as well as most likely to be renewed or purchased. More than 90 percent of the Fortune 500 use Microsoft’s cloud services today. Large enterprises such as Shell, GEICO, CarMax and MetLife, as well as smaller companies like Medpoint Digital and TreasuryXpress are all leveraging Azure to fuel business growth and reinvent themselves. We strongly believe that the momentum we’re seeing has been possible because of what Azure offers and stands for – a comprehensive and secure Cloud platform across IaaS and PaaS, unparalleled integration with Office 365, unique hybrid experience with Azure Stack, first-class support for Linux and open-source tooling, and a robust partner ecosystem.

Today we’re delighted that Gartner has recognized Microsoft as a leader in their Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) MQ for the fourth consecutive year. We’re excited that Gartner continues to recognize Microsoft for completeness of our vision and ability to execute in this key area.

While we’re honored by our placement in the leaders quadrant for Cloud IaaS, we believe many of our customers choose Microsoft not just for our leadership in this area but because of our leadership across a broad portfolio of cloud offerings spanning Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings like Office 365, CRM Online and Power BI in addition to Azure Platform Services (PaaS). It’s the comprehensiveness of our cloud portfolio that gives customers the confidence that that no matter where they’re in their cloud adoption journey, they’re covered with a breadth of solutions for their problems instead of having to work with multiple vendors.

Here’s the list of cloud-related Gartner MQs where Microsoft is placed in the leader’s quadrant:


We look forward to continuously innovating and delivering across our portfolio of cloud offerings, and sincerely believe that every customer – whether big or small, new or seasoned to the Cloud, relying on open-source or otherwise –  has meaningful business value to gain from Azure. If you haven’t dug into Azure yet, here’s an easy way to do it!

If you’d like to read the full report, “Gartner: Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service,” you can request it here.

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**Gartner Magic Quadrants

  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service; Lydia Leong, Raj Bala, Craig Lowery, Dennis Smith; June 17, 2017
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Storage Services, Raj Bala, Arun Chandrasekaran, July 26, 2016
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Gregg Kreizman, Anmol Singh, June 7, 2017
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, Rita Sallam, Cindi Howson, Carlie Idoine, Thomas Oestreich, James Laurence Richardson, Joao Tapadinhas, February 16, 2017
  • Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer Engagement Center, Michael Maoz, Brian Manusama, May 8, 2017
  • Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics, Roxane Edjlali, Adam Ronthal, Rick Greenwald, Mark Beyer, Donald Feinberg, February 20, 2017
  • Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Agile Planning Tools, Thomas E. Murphy, Mike West, Keith James Mann, April 27, 2017
  • Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals, Jim Murphy, Gene Phifer, Gavin Tay, Magnus Revang, October 17, 2016
  • Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms, Jason Wong, Van Baker, Adrian Lowe, Marty Resnick, June 12, 2017
  • Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems, Nick Heudecker, Donald Feinberg, Merv Adrian, Terilyn Palanca, Rick Greenwald, October 5, 2016
  • Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation, Tad Travis, Ilona Hansen, Joanne Correia, Julian Poulter, August 10, 2016
  • Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications, Bern Elliot, Megan Marek Fernandez, Steve Blood, July 13, 2016
  • Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing, Adam Preset, Mike Fasciani, Whit Andrews, November 10, 2016