This week Gartner released their Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS, worldwide. For the 7th consecutive year AWS was placed in the Leaders quadrant… download report
For most it would be no surprise that AWS continue to remain the leaders. The report offers some excellent insights into some of the changing and consolidating market of cloud IaaS providers and one of the most relevant observations and cautions is the continued theme around Cloud Service Expense Management (CSEM). In 2016 Gartner highlighted the emergence of CSEM tools and stated in their August 2016 report that “if you are using IaaS without CSEM processes, you will almost certainly have unnecessary spending.” “Analysts recommend that “you examine the efficacy of dedicated CSEM tools immediately if your organization’s IaaS spending level exceeds 10% of the IT budget.”
As you read through the Magic Quadrant report for Cloud IaaS, the analysts provide 2 cautions in the use of AWS for IaaS (1) customers should be aware that while it’s easy to get started, optimal use — especially keeping up with new service innovations and best practices, and managing costs — may challenge even highly agile, expert IT organizations, including AWS partners and (2) Its granular pricing structure is complex; use of third-party cost management tools is highly recommended.
The report also looks at Key Market Aspects that Buyers should be Aware of when making their IaaS provider decisions
*Cloud IaaS is not a commodity. Providers vary significantly in their features, performance, cost and business terms.
*Customers increasingly use third-party management tools for governance, especially multicloud governance. The largest customers use third-party management tools to supplement the native management capabilities of the providers, and these tools are strongly recommended to all customers that intend to make substantive use of cloud IaaS. Management tools can be very helpful for governance functions, and may be designed for single-cloud or multicloud use.
*Customers do not always save money by using cloud IaaS
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