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Published on January 12th, 2011 | by NJ Ouchn

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Does Gartner understand cloud computing?

Source: Simon Ellis of Labslice – CloudTweaks Contributor

I like the Gartner Magic Quadrant. It provides for a quick overview of a specific domain, lists the key players and assigns them a high-level effectiveness rank. It’s a great tool, and also a very dangerous one. For those who understand a domain it provides reinforcement and a third-party perspective. And for those who don’t, it affords a quick way to select a vendor or choose a technology — the modern equivalent of “no-one gets fired for selecting IBM”.

Having placed many IaaS bets as a cloud management vendor, the Magic Quadrant for IaaS was something I was looking forward to review. But even at first glance it seemed a bit strange, with the title “Cloud Infrastructure as a Service and Web Hosting”. Hmmmm… So this is a review of IaaS, the very epitome of cloud services, and also of traditional web hosting services?

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