Coverage

Last updated March 30th, 2021

At Gartner, I cover cloud computing and related topics. (I used to also cover managed hosting, colocation, and content delivery networks [CDNs], so older entries on this blog, they touch on those topics as well.)

I am primarily focused on cloud infrastructure and platforms, especially services delivered by hyperscale cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.  I am extremely broad in my coverage. I follow not just the market spaces themselves, but also the adjacent markets and the value chain. For instance, I don’t only cover cloud IaaS, but I cover the vendor ecosystem that feeds into IaaS, cloud-native IT operations and applications and the DevOps philosophy, and cloud management tools. I also used to cover (but stopped covering in 2019) cloud managed and professional services, and cloud contracting. Going beyond IaaS and PaaS, I also cover the broad swathe of things necessary for organizations to successfully adopt cloud computing and drive cloud-enabled business transformation.

I help three types of client organizations:

  • End-users (IT buyers, usually architects and executive management up to the CIO level)
  • Vendors (technology companies, usually executives, strategists, CTOs, and product managers)
  • Investors (buy-side analysts and PMs, sell-side analysts, investment bankers, private equity, venture capitalists)

Here’s a sampling of the sorts of questions that they ask me.

End-users:

  • What should my cloud strategy be?
  • What’s the right operating model for cloud computing?
  • What skills does my organization need to effectively adopt cloud?
  • How should cloud computing intersect with my agile and DevOps initiatives?
  • How should I think about multicloud strategy, management, and workload placement?
  • How do I effectively manage cloud risks?
  • How do I choose the right cloud provider for me?
  • How do specific cloud providers compare to one another?
  • How to I effectively govern and manage cloud costs?
  • Is this a good architecture for this application that I want to put in the cloud?
  • What will I need to do in order to get this application to run in the cloud?
  • How should I get started with cloud adoption?
  • How should I plan, structure, and execute a cloud migration?
  • What should I think about when considering putting a project in the cloud?
  • What best practices can I learn from cloud vendors?

Vendors:

  • What do users care about when purchasing a cloud service?
  • What does the competitive landscape look like?
  • What should I be thinking about in my three-year roadmap?
  • What are the technologies that I should be exploiting?
  • What opportunities are there for partners in the cloud ecosystem?
  • How is the shift in the cloud buying landscape impacting the ecosystem?
  • Who should I acquire for competitive advantage?

Investors:

  • What are the trends in cloud adoption?
  • What are the implications of the cloud shift, and what’s the timeline?
  • Which vendors do current trends benefit? Who is threatened? Who loses?
  • What is fill-in-the-blank-company‘s cloud strategy, and how good is it?
  1. Do you have any sites you could recommend to research on CDN services? We have a conference call with Gartner coming up this week, but wanted to do some research ahead of time.

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  2. Contentinople and StreamingMedia.com following the video industry and often have CDN news. Also, search for “CDN” on Gartner.com, for our market overview, note on how to select a vendor, explanations of the technology, trends, etc.

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  3. Hi! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly
    enjoy reading through your articles. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same topics?

    Appreciate it!

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