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Gartner Runs Aground Against It’s Definition of Cloud Computing

A little furore erupted over Gartner’s famous and influential Magic Quadrant dissing the Amazon cloud in response to the report that Gartner published placing Amazon high on vision and low on execution. This was followed by the Gartner Analyst, Lydia Leong, trying to ‘splain herself.

The simple fact is that Gartner decided, when analysing the cloud industry, to lump Cloud IaaS AND Web Hosting (emphasis theirs) together. This is obscure and reflects quite badly on Gartner’s understanding about cloud computing. Very few cloud computing specialists will throw IaaS and web hosting together – in fact we spend most of our time trying to differentiate the two. It is shocking that Gartner has defined cloud computing so poorly and they definitely lose some credibility with that kind of definition.

Gartner’s target market does need to be considered when figuring out what this all means. Their market is enterprise CIO’s –¬†you know the kind of people that have the money to spend on their misguided and overpriced opinion. This does not even include business owners in enterprises who are kept in the dark about Gartner reports, lest the CIO looses some power through sharing of said¬†information. (Never mind the rest of us that have access to the Internet and blogs and tweets of well respected thinkers in order to come to our own opinion on the market leaders). Gartner is not for the rest of us and in the context of the Enterprise CIO, it makes perfect sense, after all, enterprise CIO’s are the ones confusing cloud computing and traditional web hosting.

Gartner magic quadrants are maybe useful for determining the market leaders of 90’s technology such as, say, whether SAP HR is better than Peoplesoft. Gartner has illustrated that their grasp of cloud computing is tenuous and irrelevant – it is just a shame that people pay attention to them.

Simon Munro



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