Gartner, for the third year in a row, has positioned Microsoft in the Leader Quadrant in the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Storage. Only Microsoft and AWS remain as Leaders in the report, both having moved up and to the right since 2015. The report states that hyperscale cloud providers are dominating the market for public cloud storage in terms of product innovation, scale and revenue, and that by 2019, at least one-fourth of the vendors in this Magic Quadrant will have exited the cloud storage market. Gartner advises, “customers should be wary of using providers that lack meaningful scale and global presence due to slow product innovation and the realistic possibility of service closure. Microsoft is a leader across other recent cloud MQs (Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Application Platform as a Service, Identity as a Service, Disaster Recovery as a Service), which we believe validates strong enterprise cloud leadership.*
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