Infrastructure As A Service: Microsoft Azure



Microsoft Azure is gaining ground on the completeness of its IaaS offerings and ability to execute. Overall, "Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Infrastructure-as-a-Service" report shows that Azure is a great choice when it comes to IaaS.

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According to Search Cloud Computing IaaS is a type of cloud computing service in which a third party hosts; hardware, software, servers, storage and other infrastructure components on behalf of its users. IaaS providers also host users' applications and handle tasks including system maintenance, backup and resiliency planning. 

The graph below shows Amazon far ahead, but Microsoft Azure, is showing strong legs for longevity in the cloud marketplace, with other vendors falling further to the rear and confined to more of a vendor-specific or niche role.




Gartner lead cloud analyst Lydia Leong, along with analysts Gregor Petri, Bob Gill, and Mike Dorosh, found that Microsoft is beginning to successfully push out its Azure cloud service into its customer base.


Azure is "growing quickly and is in second place for market share," with a list of services that leaves it in the desirable, upper right-hand Leaders corner of the Magic Quadrant. With Microsoft leaving other competitors further behind.


Microsoft is offering a wider selection of software-as-a-service applications from Azure, such as Office 365, and is making some of its key enterprise infrastructure components -- Active Directory, Windows Server, System Center, Visual Studio -- cross-functional with workloads in the cloud as well.

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