IaaS “won” by AWS & Azure – Highlights from the IaaS Magic Quadrant

This year’s IaaS magic quadrant is out. You can get a free re-print thanks to, I believe, Amazon. Here’s some highlights from my “notebook”:

  • Ducy created an animated gif of the past 6 quadrants.
  • AWS and MSFT have won: “This phase of the market has been ‘won.’ The market consolidated dramatically over the course of 2015. Just two providers — AWS and Microsoft Azure — account for almost all of the IaaS-related infrastructure consumption in cloud IaaS, and their dominance is even more thorough if their PaaS-related infrastructure consumption is included as well.”
  • “We expect the overall competitive environment will not change significantly until 2018 at earliest, and new entrants to the market will have minimal impact before that time.”
  • Buyers, choose wisely. Two clouds dominate, there’s lots of fragmentation, so clouds come and go. This pushes people more towards the market-leaders because they seem more stable, despite there being many competing options. E.g., HP shutting down it’s cloud
  • “Public cloud IaaS provides adequate security for most workloads.”
  • If not already lean in IT, IaaS will save money – “The less efficient your organization, the more likely you are to save money by using a cloud provider, especially if you take advantage of this opportunity to streamline and automate your operations.”
  • Criteria of note: must be top 10 by global market-share, data centers at least 250 miles apart, pretty real IaaS capabilities (self-service, technical profiles, etc.)
  • PaaS and IaaS getting closer: “Most customers who adopt the infrastructure resources within a cloud IaaS offering will also adopt associated management services, such as monitoring, and are highly likely to adopt PaaS-level capabilities, such as database as a service, over time.” More: “This market is wholly separate and distinct from cloud SaaS, but is increasingly entangled with the PaaS market.” Also: “The next phase of the market has not yet emerged. It is likely that the next phase of this market will even more tightly integrate IaaS and PaaS capabilities, including an expanded use of container technologies and automated operations management.”
  • There is no cloud portability: “Cloud IaaS is not a commoditized service, and even providers with very similar offerings and underlying technologies often have sufficiently different implementations that there is a material difference in availability, performance, security and service features.” (There are ways to deal with this up at the PaaS layer.)
  • Bonus: FedRAMP ain’t cheap: “costs ~$3.5m, takes ~18 months”

For more: we discussed all of this more on this week’s Software Defined Talk:

And, thanks to Matt Ray for scrounging the original link up for our show notes.