Microsoft is currently positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, x86 Server Virtualization, Enterprise Application Platform as a Service and Public Cloud Storage Services.* Only Microsoft has achieved recognition as a Leader across all four capability areas. This in turn validates their strategy to enable the power of choice as we deliver industry-leading infrastructure services, platform services and hybrid solutions.
The four areas are as follows:
Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Microsoft feels the pace of innovation in their cloud solutions led to much greater customer adoption in the past year, contributing to a very strong showing in the Cloud IaaS space.
x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure Recognized as a leader for the fourth year in a row, Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V continues to deliver an enterprise-class datacenter that customers can depend on.
Enterprise Application Platform as a Service Azure has added over 200 new services since last year, delivering a more complete portfolio and enabling customers to focus on creating the next generation of amazing apps without having to worry about managing the full stack.
Public Cloud Storage Services One of two vendors listed as a leader in this area. Microsoft believes the integration of their server, management and cloud offerings was the key to success.
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*Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Lydia Leong, May 28, 2014; Gartner, Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure, Thomas J. Bittman, July 2, 2014; Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service, Yefim V. Natis, January 7, 2014; Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Storage Services, Gene Ruth, July 9, 2014. **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.**