Monthly Archives: March 2012

Wanted – Cloud IaaS Expert

Back in December, I blogged about five reasons you should work at Gartner with me, and I’ve pleased to announce that Doug Toombs (formerly of Tier 1 Research / 451 Group) has joined my team.

However, Ted Chamberlin, my long-time colleague, has decided he’d like a change of pace, and has just left us for the vendor universe, and so we’re now seeking to backfill someone into his job. You can find the formal job listing here: IaaS and Managed Hosting Analyst.

In plain language, this analyst is going to spend their time assisting our clients who are trying to adopt cloud IaaS and hosting (especially managed hosting) solutions. The ideal candidate is someone who has real-world expertise with building solutions using cloud IaaS (and preferably has tried multiple cloud IaaS offerings and can intelligently discuss the pros and cons of each), or has been involved in building a cloud IaaS offering for a service provider (and is knowledgeable about the competing offerings). They’re sharp technically but also understand the needs of the business — someone who is currently in an architect role, or is working for a cloud provider, is probably the most likely fit.

If this sounds like you, please get in touch with me — send a resume in email, or ask me privately for more information. (If you applied the last time around, please feel free to get in touch again; the requirements for this role are somewhat different.)

My recent published research

I’d gotten out of the social media habit — Twitter and blogging — over the holidays and never really restarted, and now that a quarter has gone by, I’m feeling like I really ought to get back into the habit.

So, it’s time for a catch-up, starting with a round-up of my recent research, and, over the next few days, a glimpse into what I’m currently working on, what clients have been saying, and some thoughts on recent industry news.

Please note that unless otherwise stated, the research notes are available to Gartner clients only.

The Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting is now out. (See the free reprint if you’re not a client.) This should have been a 2011 document, but was delivered late; consequently, there will be a late-2012 update, back on the normal publication schedule. This Magic Quadrant is being split into two regional ones — one for North America and one for Western Europe — for that late-2012 iteration. That should allow us to cover a broader set of providers and to better focus on the particular needs and desires of the two geographies, rather than presenting a single global view that has tended to be US-centric.

Our most recent set of market definitions, explanation of the market structure, and general pricing guidance can be found in the Pricing and Buyer’s Guide for Web Hosting and Cloud Infrastructure, 2012. This also explains the specific markets covered by our various Magic Quadrants.

Amazon has been a topic of great interest to all of our client constituencies. What Managers Need to Know About Amazon EC2 is a plain-language guide to this aspect of Amazon Web Services (and has some broader guidance on purchasing AWS services in general, as well). It’s targeted at an audience looking for fast facts, including non-technical audiences, like procurement managers and investors trying to get smart on what Amazon does.

The Competitive Landscape: New Entrants to the Cloud IaaS Market Face Tough Competitive Challenges is targeted at a technology provider audience (and potentially at investors). It’s a look at what’s really required to compete in the cloud IaaS market going forward, and it profiles both Amazon and CSC deeply, demonstrating two very different paths to success in this market.

Everyone wonders what cloud IaaS is being used for on a practical basis. In Case Study: Using Cloud IaaS for Business Continuity Solutions, we profile a major consumer electronics retailer, and how they use Amazon to provide a lightweight version of their website when they’re doing maintenance of their primary side, have excessive amounts of traffic, or have a primary-site outage.

Finally, on the CDN front, I’ve updated a previous note with current market info and a bit on front-end optimization: Content Delivery Network Services and Pricing, 2012.

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