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Who is King of the Cloud?

Jeff Zickgraf
September 18, 2018
That's what 80+ members of the IndyAWS meetup group came to find out September 18th, 2018 at the IndyAWS Cloud Wars presentation 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. 
  • Amazon's AWS
  • Microsoft's Azure
  • 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:
  1. Required
  2. Preferred
  3. Optional
 
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
 
AWS leads due to:
  1. Maturity
  2. Scale
  3. 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
 
Azure is contending and winning even though even though AWS is technically superior. They are winning around:
  1. Identity and Access Management
  2. Hybrid capabilities
  3. Scale
 
  • 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)
 
GCP
 
Google is winning customers based on:
  1. Security
  2. Technology and Network Capabilities
  3. 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
 
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:
 
Biggest Takeaways
  • 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