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Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services

Read this July 2021 report to learn how Azure has helped to position Microsoft as a Magic Quadrant™ Leader.

Gartner® Critical Capabilities for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services

Learn why Microsoft was acknowledged in the August 2021 Critical Capabilities for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services report.

Build the Right Justification for Moving to the Cloud

Read this Gartner report to learn how to build a compelling business case for moving your on-premises workloads to the cloud.

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Forrester report: Enable an Insights-Driven Business

Discover how to fuel innovations, growth, and market domination by becoming an advanced insights-driven business. Read this Forrester report to learn how to maximize business impact with the insights-to-action process. You’ll explore best practices to help your business:

  • Build five competencies for insights-driven success. Optimize strategy, internal partners, practices, platforms, and data.
  • Exhibit creativity by innovating faster. Discover new and better ways to create, advertise, market, and refine products and services. 
  • Constantly adapt to grow faster. Take advantage of digital insights to drive new revenue streams and stay on top of changing customer needs.
  • Show resilience in the face of radical change. Detect and respond to changes in customer behavior—even if they’re drastic or unanticipated.

Compute Evolution: VMs, Containers, Serverless—Which to Use When?

Learn how to identify the right compute technologies to meet your business needs. Use the framework in this complimentary Gartner® report to compare the control and hybrid cloud flexibility of virtual machines (VMs), containers, and serverless functions. 

Read this report for details on these key recommendations: 

  • "Analyze and understand the unique use cases and consumption models for each computing abstraction to ensure strategic alignment.
  • Pursue an application-centric approach by aligning the appropriate compute technology based on the application architecture, organizational skills and other decision factors outlined in this research.
  • Prioritize platform providers that support compute abstractions across multiple environments (cloud, data center and edge) with a consistent management, governance and support model.
  • Assess the emerging trends around containers and serverless, and create an action plan on how and when to respond to them."

Compute Evolution: VMs, Containers, Serverless—Which to Use When?, Arun Chandrasekaran, 1 June 2021



Costs and Benefits of .NET Application Migration to the Cloud

Read this analyst report to learn how to save up to 54% vs. on-premises and up to 35% vs. AWS by migrating your ASP.NET applications to Azure. The scalability and managed features of Azure App Service and Azure SQL Database help you improve developer productivity, simplify your operations, and manage your apps more efficiently.

In the report, we review the findings of a modernization platform test that compares a traditional ASP.NET application running on-premises, in Azure App Service, and on AWS Elastic Beanstalk. 


You'll also learn about different approaches to Application Modernization and how to apply them to your business.  


 Download this report to learn how to free up time to build your apps and lower costs.  

Frost&Sullivan_2021 IoT Platform of the Year

For its strong overall performance, Microsoft is recognized with Frost & Sullivan’s 2021 Global Platform of the Year Award in the IoT industry.  Frost and Sullivan believe Microsoft is leading the IoT industry with its best‐in‐class technologies ranging from its IoT platform, machine learning, artificial intelligence, digital twins, analytics, edge computing and much more.  

The Business Value of Azure Site Recovery and Azure Backup

Discover the return on investment (ROI) of using Azure Site Recovery and Azure Backup with this IDC white paper, sponsored by Microsoft.

Read the IDC white paper, The Business Value of Azure Site Recovery and Azure Backup, to see how a variety of organizations across industries use Azure recovery services to: 

  • Optimize the overall performance, speed, and reliability of backup and disaster recovery operations.
  • Reduce unplanned downtime, in turn lowering business risk and boosting productivity by up to 93 percent.   
  • Achieve an estimated five-year ROI of 370 percent through improved team efficiencies, faster app development, and greater cost savings on staff and infrastructure.

In addition to the full paper, get key results in minutes with this single-page snapshot.

Magic Quadrant™ for Cloud Database Management Systems

Download this report to learn how Microsoft Azure cloud database management systems have helped to position Microsoft as a Magic Quadrant Leader.

Database management systems continue their move to the cloud — a move that is producing an increasingly complex landscape of vendors and offerings. This Magic Quadrant will help data and analytics leaders make the right choices in a complex and fast-evolving market.

Download this report to learn how Microsoft is placed in the Cloud DBMS space. 

2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Cloud Database Management Systems, Henry Cook, Merv Adrian, Rick Greenwald, Adam Ronthal, Philip Russom, 14 December 2021.

GARTNER and Magic Quadrant are registered trademarks and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and are used herein with permission. All rights reserved.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Limitless Analytics with Azure Synapse

Improve your organization’s business intelligence and machine learning capabilities—and discover valuable insights in all of your data—with Azure Synapse Analytics, a limitless analytics service that brings enterprise data warehousing and big data analytics together.

Get the free e-book, Limitless Analytics with Azure Synapse, for a complete introduction to getting started with Azure Synapse Analytics. You’ll learn how Azure Synapse works and get step-by-step guidance on ingesting, securing, and managing your data.

See how to:

  • Derive accurate, granular insights from your data using real-time streaming, data analysis, and machine learning techniques. 
  • Keep your data safe using security and privacy features.
  • Build end-to-end analytics solutions that include data preparation, data management, data warehousing, and AI tasks.

New Technology: The Projected Total Economic Impact™ of Microsoft Azure VMware Solution

See how organizations are saving costs and responding more quickly to customer needs by extending their enterprise VMware workloads to the cloud with Azure VMware Solution. Read New Technology: The Projected Total Economic Impact™ of Microsoft Azure VMware Solution, a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting, to learn how real customers:

  • Realized a projected return on investment of 125% to 274%.
  • Saved nearly USD2 million in avoided overprovisioning, refreshes, and decommissioned infrastructure spending.
  • Improved disaster recovery, business resiliency, and VMware application performance. 
  • Accelerated their cloud migrations without hiring new personnel or disrupting business-critical workloads.

Forrester Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) of Azure Machine Learning

Read about the real impact and benefits businesses are experiencing by building AI solutions using Azure Machine Learning. The Forrester Consulting Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study, commissioned by Microsoft, examines the potential return on investment (ROI)  enterprises may realize with Azure Machine Learning. 

Forrester interviewed five customers with experience using Azure ML and surveyed 199 data science, ML, or AI decision makers. For the purposes of this study, Forrester aggregated the results from these customers into a single composite organization to highlight:

  • Projected return on investment (ROI) of 189% to 335% 
  • Projected net present value (NPV) of $2.3M to $4.0M 
  • Improved data scientist productivity by up to 25% and data engineering productivity by up to 40%
  • Reduction in time to onboard new data scientists by 40%
  • Streamlined model development, training, validation, and deployment
  • Operationalized model explainability and monitoring 

Improved time-to-value of ML initiatives, improved model accuracy and increased revenue from ML insights  

The Economic Value of Migrating and Modernizing On-premises Instances to Azure Database for MySQL

Learn how to save money, increase operational efficiency, and improve business agility by migrating to Azure Database for MySQL. Read this report from the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) to see how organizations can realize significant cost savings and benefits by moving their MySQL workloads to Azure Database for MySQL. 


Read ESG’s analysis on how Azure Database for MySQL can: 


  • Save up to 48% when migrating on-premises workloads to Azure Database for MySQL. 
  • Reduce 93% of operational overhead by freeing up development capacity and administration costs. 
  • Increase revenue by $15.5 million as a result of shortening release times and delivering cloud-ready applications. 


Get the report to learn more about ESG’s findings—and how to put them to work for your organization.  

Gartner, Critical Capabilities for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services, 2 August 2021 Dennis Smith et. Al. Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services, 27 July 2021, Raj Bala et. Al.

GARTNER and Magic Quadrant are registered trademarks and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and are used herein with permission. All rights reserved.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.