Vendor Landscape: Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service
Options are proliferating as Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service provides a highly agile and low capital cost option for outsourcing IT infrastructure.
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The Value Score indexes each vendor’s product offering and business strength relative to their price point. It does not indicate vendor ranking.
Vendors that score high offer more bang for the buck (e.g. features, usability, stability, etc.) than the average vendor, while the inverse is true for those that score lower.
Price-conscious enterprises may wish to give the Value Score more consideration than those who are more focused on specific vendor/product attributes.
- In tight economic times, the pressure to outsource is greatest. “Can we use the Cloud for this?” is becoming a common refrain.
- With so many vendors, how do you choose a Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) that meets your needs in a cost-effective manner?
- Info-Tech Research Group has developed a clear definition of business-class Cloud IaaS and evaluated 15 leading vendors.
- Cloud IaaS is exploding: Of the three forms of cloud service delivery (Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service), IaaS is growing fastest – 200% from 2010 to 2012.
- Options are proliferating: With mainstreaming of server consolidation and virtualization technologies (e.g. VMware), IT is seeing cloud IaaS options from a multitude of local, national, and international co-location and managed service providers.
- Hybrids are hot: Providers are differentiating themselves through hybrid service offerings. This includes internal/external and private/public cloud hybrids, but also outsourcing multi-service hybrids with co-location and managed services.
Impact and Result
- Select the Cloud IaaS solution that best fits your organization, taking advanced features, support, and vendor viability, and customizing the Vendor Landscape according to what criteria are most important to you.
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