Updated MQ Status
This is a convenient status-update page for those service providers participating in the Cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant.
Last update: Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
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The last “Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service” was published on May 18th, 2015. (If you’re not a client, see the free reprint.)
We will be refreshing this Magic Quadrant in May of 2016, keeping this MQ on a 12-month update cycle.
Like the previous Cloud IaaS MQ, it will be focused on true cloud IaaS — self-service, highly-automated, and on-demand, targeted at IT organizations that want to obtain infrastructure-related capabilities and manage the operations themselves, whether those resources are multi-tenant or single-tenant, hosted by the service provider or on-premises. This evaluation contains significant PaaS infrastructure elements as well, owing to the increasing convergence and integration of the IaaS and PaaS markets.
(This is strictly a service provider evaluation, focused on highly-standardized offerings, and even though private cloud IaaS will be part of the evaluation, providers must have a public cloud IaaS offering to qualify.)
The MQ is expected to proceed according to the following approximate timeline:
- December 14th: Confirmation of contacts.
- December 16th: Send out pre-qualification survey.
- January 15th:Deadline for returning the pre-qualification survey.
- January 20th: Inclusion notices sent out.
The timeline for included vendors will be (approximately) as follows:
- February 5th: Deadline for service detail data.
- February 5th: Deadline for briefings and documentation.
- February 26th: Deadline for supplemental information.
- Mid-March: Draft for vendor review.
Like all Magic Quadrant timelines, this one is subject to change.
About the Magic Quadrant Process
You are strongly encouraged to read through these blog posts to understand best practices for these Magic Quadrants.
AR contacts for a Magic Quadrant should read everything. An explanation of why it’s critical to read every word of every communication received during the MQ process.
The process of a Magic Quadrant. Understanding a little bit about how MQs get put together.
Vendors, Magic Quadrants, and client status. Appropriate use of communications channels during the MQ process.
The art of the customer reference. Tips on how to choose reference customers.