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Microsoft: a Gartner cloud computing leader across IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS

Posted on 4 august, 2016

Senior Director of Product Marketing, Cloud Platform

CIOs no longer ask whether they should use cloud, but rather how. According to IDC, seventy percent of CIOs will embrace a cloud-first strategy in 2016. By partnering closely with customers around the world, we see the natural path to enterprise cloud adoption -- starting with software services like email and collaboration, then moving to infrastructure for storage, compute and networking and finally embracing platform services to transform business agility and customer engagements. In this journey to adopt the cloud, customers are looking for a vendor who understands and leads in meeting the broad spectrum of their cloud needs.

Today, Gartner has named Microsoft a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Worldwide for the third year in a row based on completeness of our vision and ability to execute. We are honored by this continued recognition as we are relentless about what we believe is our commitment and rapid pace of innovation for infrastructure services. We continue to deliver market leading performance with our recent announcement supporting SAP HANA workloads up to 32 TB. And while Azure is a world class cloud platform for Windows, it’s also recognized for industry-leading support for Linux and other open source technologies. Today, nearly one in three VMs deployed on Azure are Linux. Strong momentum for Linux and open source is driven by customers using Azure for business applications and modern application architectures, including containers and big data solutions. With over sixty percent of the 3,800 solutions in Azure Marketplace built on Linux, including popular open source images by Ubuntu, CoreOS, Bitnami, Oracle, DataStax, Red Hat and others, it’s exciting that many open source vendors considered Microsoft one of the best cloud partners.

While we are proud of our continued leadership in cloud infrastructure, we are committed to delivering the breadth and depth of cloud solutions to support our customers’ natural path to cloud adoption. Microsoft is recognized as a leader in Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrants for Cloud Infrastructure as a Services (Iaas), Worldwide, Enterprise Application Platform as a Services (Paas), Worldwide. We are in a unique position with our extensive portfolio of cloud offerings designed for the needs of enterprises, including Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings like Office 365, CRM Online and Power BI and Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). And Microsoft’s cloud vision is a unified story that we’re executing on with the same datacenter regions, compliance commitments, operational model, billing, support and more. The ability to deploy and use applications close to data with consistent identity and a shared ecosystem, means greater efficiency, less complexity, and cost savings.

Many of our customers embrace Identity as a first step in moving to the cloud. Office 365 and Azure share the same identity system with Azure Active Directory therefore providing a simple, friction free experience for our customers. And with Office 365 commercial customers surpassing 70 million monthly active users, Azure adoption is quickly following suit. Once in Azure, customers tend to start with IaaS and then quickly extend to using both IaaS and PaaS models to optimize productivity and embrace new opportunities for business differentiation. Today fifty-five percent of Azure IaaS customers are also deploying PaaS.

The following table summarizes the current Gartner MQs for IaaS, PaaS and Saas solutions for key enterprise workloads where Microsoft is recognized as a leader.

Leader Quadrant

We look forward to delivering more on this vision across our portfolio of cloud offerings to our customers and partners. If you’d like to read the full report, “Gartner: Magic Quadrant for Infrastructure as a Service,” you can request it here.

 

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