That's what 80+ members of the IndyAWS meetup group came to find out September 18th, 2018 at the IndyAWS Cloud Warspresentation delivered by Kyle Hilgendorf of Gartner. Kyle presented Gartner's evaluation of the following cloud providers against 263 scoring characteristics to see who is winning the cloud war.
Oracle's Cloud Platform
Google's Cloud Platform
IBM's Cloud Platform
Alibaba's Cloud Platform
Who was top dog?
As you may have guessed - AWS continues to reign but with Microsoft Azure trailing as a strong and fast follower.
Gartner broke down their scoring characteristics into 3 categories based on features:
You can see how the top 4 contenders stack up in each of those categories:
For the first time since they began tracking Cloud vendors - Azure has beaten AWS in the Required category even though overall AWS is still the King of cloud for now!
While these scores may be useful on their own, Kyle recommends developing your own criteria and evaluating different vendors to see how they can address your current and future needs.
Specific Cloud Platform Observations
AWS leads due to:
Ecosystem and Marketplace
AWS is still the marketleader due to theirthought leadershipand scale (many more geographic regions)
Integrated Marketplace products and offerings from partners have revved up AWS usage and their success and the marketplace will continue to be important as these cloud ecosystems evolve
Selected for their trust and maturity in the community
Azure is contending and winning even though even though AWS is technically superior. They are winning around:
Identity and Access Management
Azure is selected by a lot of organizations
Due to trust and existing investment in Microsoft products
Due to feeling they will catch up and continue to have what you currently need
Huge wins due to hybrid model for on-premises AD integrating with Azure AD
Seen as easier to migrate from no cloud to partial or full cloud where the organization has heavily invested in Microsoft solutions
Microsoft's Azure AD (Active Directory) and Office 365 help them win in a lot of organizations
Enterprises are NOT really looking at Azure Stack on-prem (some remote telcos or obscure locations use)
Google is winning customers based on:
Technology and Network Capabilities
Financial Incentives (buying market share where they can)
Google is lagging due to their timing in the market but also:
some may see them as more difficult to work with
technology isn't as strong in certain areas
InGen is particularly interested in the IOT offering from cloud providers as we deliver IOT solutions. Although Google owns Android, their IOT offering is not seen as strong as AWS or Azure which have more packaged and developer friendly IOT infrastructure and services.
Oracle has basically written a blank check to get up to speed. But they are WAY behind although for just starting 18 months ago are making headway.Larry hired an army of engineers away from AWS and Azure and is seen in some circles as the place to work for cloud.
For each vendor, there are cautions, I'll list 3 photos of Kyle's slides I snagged for AWS, Azure and GCP:
AWS and Azure will continue to lead market for next year – who knows after that – AWS & Azure still looking strong and investing
Google trying but not enough people trust them or their dedication but its slowly changing
Oracle is one to watch but 5 years behind in terms of technology
Multi-Cloud is becoming IMPORTANT
Compliance in companies are asking – hey – what if AWS goes awayor has a major outage
Need to be able to run on multiple cloud providers for redundancy
Re-evaluate your needs against cloud vendors on a 1/2 to 1 year basis as its a fast moving market