Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS 2017

Gartner has published a new magic quadrant for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) – the results should not be surprising to anybody. Consider this posting as update to my previous cloud market posting few years back. Here is reporting on newest cloud market trends from two sources:
Gartner puts AWS, Microsoft Azure top of its Magic Quadrant for IaaS | ZDNet

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure dominate the infrastructure-as-a-service field, according to Gartner, which released its IaaS Magic Quadrant.

However, Google Cloud is emerging as a key challenger.

Gartner confirms what we all know: AWS and Microsoft are the cloud leaders, by a fair way

Paranormal parallelogram for IaaS has Google on the same lap, IBM and Oracle trailing


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    AWS adopts home-brewed KVM as new hypervisor
    Out with Xen, in with ‘core KVM technology’ for new C5 instances and future VMs too

    AWS has revealed it has created a new hypervisor based on KVM, not the Xen hypervisor on which it has relied for years.

    The new hypervisor was unveiled as a virtual footnote in news of new EC2 instance type called the “C5″ powered by Intel’s Skylake Xeons. AWS’s FAQ about the new instances notes “C5 instances use a new EC2 hypervisor that is based on core KVM technology.”

    That’s explosive news, because AWS has long-championed the Xen hypervisor. The Xen Project has drawn strength from the fact the mightiest public cloud uses its open-source wares. Citrix makes much of its Xen Server running a close cousin of AWS’s hypervisor.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    IBM leads BigInsights for Hadoop out behind barn. Shots heard
    Data analytics platform sunset in December, but enterprise version spared

    IBM has announced the retirement of the basic plan for its data analytics software platform, BigInsights for Hadoop.

    The basic plan of the service will be retired in a month, on December 7 of this year. IBM said the enterprise plan would continue to be available.

    As of December 6, 2017, new BigInsights for Hadoop (basic plan) instances will not be provisioned.

    In its announcement of the retirement, IBM said that users should delete their BigInsights for Apache Hadoop service instances before November 7, 2018.

    At the time, IBM said it would fully integrate the Hortonworks Data Platform with its Data Science Experience and machine learning platforms, and migrate BigInsights users to HDP.

    In the announcement of BigInsights’ retirement, Big Blue said users should move their applications to its IBM Analytics Engine, which was launched in beta in September and uses HDP as its underlying Hadoop distribution.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
    Amazon’s AWS S3 adds five new tools, including default encryption and warnings about unencrypted files, to prevent data leaks

    New tools help could help prevent Amazon S3 data leaks

    If you do a search for Amazon S3 breaches due to customer error of leaving the data unencrypted, you’ll see a long list that includes a DoD contractor, Verizon (the owner of this publication) and Accenture, among the more high profile examples. Today, AWS announced a new set of five tools designed to protect customers from themselves and ensure (to the extent possible) that the data in S3 is encrypted and safe.

    For starters, the company is giving the option of default encryption. That means every object that gets moved into an S3 bucket will have encryption on by default. What’s more, this will happen without admins having to construct a rejected bucket for unencrypted files. It’s not exactly foolproof, but it gives admins a good solid way to ensure the data is always encrypted in a much smoother way than before.

    If that’s not enough, Amazon is putting a signal front and center on the administrative console that warns admins with a prominent indicator next to each S3 bucket that has been left open to the public. If something slips through the cracks at the end user level, this should at least give admins an additional level of protection that something is amiss.

    Access Control Lists (ACLs) let admins define and manage who has access to buckets and objects in S3. It’s basically ensuring that permissions travel with the data when you move it, but the update now also lets you share ownership of the bucket in transit, which would be useful for giving the admin in the other region control over the bucket too. This provides a way to share ownership, yet maintain separate and distinct ownership for the original objects and the replicas.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Want to provision a new VM on Azure? Get in line
    UK West and South regions suffering from capacity issues

    Multiple Microsoft customers have for the past nineteen hours been unable to provision new virtual machines in Azure’s UK West and UK South regions.

    Although there has been no formal notification on the Azure status page, The Register has seen a copy of a Microsoft issue summary report indicating issues since Wednesday morning.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    DivvyCloud Platform for VMware Cloud on AWS

    DivvyCloud’s unique niche in the IT ecosystem is helping organizations automate and manage their multi-cloud infrastructure at scale. The latest innovation from the company is the DivvyCloud Platform for VMware Cloud on AWS, a solution enabling consistent policy enforcement and automation of cloud best practices to customers of VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

    VMware Cloud on AWS unites VMware’s enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) software together with the elastic, bare-metal infrastructure from AWS, which results in a consistent operating model and application mobility for the private and public cloud.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    IBM makes 20 qubit quantum computing machine available as a cloud service

    IBM has been offering quantum computing as a cloud service since last year when it came out with a 5 qubit version of the advanced computers. Today, the company announced that it’s releasing 20-qubit quantum computers, quite a leap in just 18 months. A qubit is a single unit of quantum information.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jonathan Albright / Berkman Klein Center Collection:
    Analysis: propaganda memes from Russia’s Internet Research Agency were more impactful on Instagram than Twitter due to reposting apps, Facebook’s ad targeting

    Instagram, Meme Seeding, and the Truth about Facebook Manipulation, Pt. 1

    The last couple of weeks have brought us the first new major revelations about the reach and scope of the IRA media influence campaign. Yet the most important development about the ongoing Facebook investigation isn’t the tenfold increase in the company’s updated estimate of the organic reach of “ads” on its platform.

    While the estimate increasing the reach of IRA content from 10 million people to 126 million people is surely a leap, after last week’s testimony, the real question we should be asking is: how did we suddenly arrive at 150 million?
    The answer is Instagram.

    First, the full profile analytics, post “like’ history and comment statistics, and the complete content — including text, dates and original URLs — for a sample of Instagram posts from 28 of the 170 removed accounts. These posts accounted for 2.5 million recorded interactions (not estimated “shares”) and 145 million projected total interactions based on Socialblade, Klear, and Keyhole influencer data.

    Second, I collected historical Crowdtangle intelligence for two now-closed Instagram profiles with nearly 10.5 million interactions (comments +likes)

    My conclusion: Instagram is a major distributor and re-distributor of IRA propaganda that’s at the very least on par with Twitter. In my opinion, the platform is far more impactful than Twitter for content-based “meme” engagement — especially for certain minority segments of the American population.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    AWS sells local Chinese infrastructure to local partner Sinnet
    Bezos’ cut price bit barns sell to comply with local laws

    Amazon Web Services has sold some of its infrastructure in China.

    Financial newswires report that AWS’ local partner, Beijing Sinnet, has acquired Amazon’s local operations for about US$300m, with news of the deal appearing as a filing on the Shenzen Stock Exchange on Monday.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Supercomputers in the Cloud Erode another Case for Owning Data Centers
    Critical Thinking: With HPC stalwarts such as Cray now embracing cloud, on-premises compute is becoming harder to justify.

    It’s an accepted trend that enterprise-owned facilities are shrinking as a percentage of total data center capacity. Colocation and cloud account for an increasing proportion of workloads, with more than one-third expected to be in the public cloud by 2019, according to 451 Research.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    AWS isn’t exiting China, but Amazon did sell physical assets to comply with Chinese law

    Amazon has denied reports that it is withdrawing its AWS business from China, but the firm did admit that it has been forced to sell some physical assets to its local partner.

    Here’s the company’s statement in full:

    No, AWS did not sell its business in China and remains fully committed to ensuring Chinese customers continue to receive AWS’s industry leading cloud services. Chinese law forbids non-Chinese companies from owning or operating certain technology for the provision of cloud services. As a result, in order to comply with Chinese law, AWS sold certain physical infrastructure assets to Sinnet, its longtime Chinese partner and AWS seller-of-record for its AWS China (Beijing) Region.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    When should you turn to open source cloud?

    Proprietary cloud proliferates, but open source is often the better option

    It seems that not a day passes without news of a big win for AWS or Azure, raising the prospect that open source cloud efforts are paling into insignificance; but are they?

    According to Al Sadowski, research VP of Infrastructure at 451 Research, there’s been no slowdown in open source, generally speaking.

    “Cloud Foundry is the standard-bearer for open source PaaS and Kubernetes for container management. NGINX is an open source load balancer that powers over 60% of the top 10,000 websites; AWS use it too. OpenStack is the de facto choice for an open source private cloud,” he says.

    But Sadowski adds that when it comes to market size, AWS’ revenue is greater than the next 200+ service providers combined.

    “It’s a runaway success by many measurements,” he says. “Everyone at AWS is rowing in the same direction in terms of product roadmap and development priorities. With open source, and namely OpenStack, this isn’t the case and some projects, like Neutron (networking), have suffered. Instead of trying to reinvent things like PaaS, container management and SDN, the OpenStack community was smart to change direction and instead embrace Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes, and OPNFV.”

    According to Paul Miller, senior analyst at Forrester, open source components are a key piece of any credible hyperscale cloud platform.

    “100% open source cloud projects, like OpenStack, have achieved significant traction in a number of areas,” he says. Miller adds that OpenStack, for example, is used by most large telecoms companies as a key part of their network modernisation initiatives.

    “OpenStack has also seen some success in the private cloud world,”

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
    AWS releases ONNX-MXNet, giving its support to the Open Neural Network Exchange introduced by Microsoft and Facebook earlier this year — The Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) deep-learning format, introduced in September by Microsoft and Facebook, has a new backer following Amazon Web Services’ decision …

    Amazon Web Services backs deep-learning format introduced by Microsoft and Facebook

    he Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) deep-learning format, introduced in September by Microsoft and Facebook, has a new backer following Amazon Web Services’ decision to embrace the framework with a new open-source project.

    AWS released ONNX-MXNet Thursday afternoon, which sounds like a telecom standard from the 1990s but is actually a method for allowing deep learning models built around the ONNX format to run on the Apache MXNet framework. In supporting ONNX, envisioned as a standard way to build deep learning models, the cloud computing leader gives a significant stamp of approval to the concept of open data models.

    Advanced research into deep learning is a relatively new field, even though we’ve been talking about it for several years.


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