About This Constellation ShortList™
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a key enabler for next-generation applications that inherently have a non-determined need for computing resources. IaaS vendors with their elastic offerings of compute, storage and networking offer practically the only generally viable deployment choice for next-generation applications.
Even in geographies that are traditionally reluctant or slow to adopt IaaS, certain next-generation application scenarios (e.g., Orchestrate Things aka Internet of Things (IoT) only see IaaS platforms as a viable implementation choice.
Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:
- Available on six continents
- Over 25 data center locations and at least adding one new location per quarter
- At least seven machine/instance sizes
- Ability to run machine learning algorithms onthe platform
- Ability to run Hadoop/HDFS-based applications
- Availability of at least one common/mainstream transactional database
- Redundancy/high availability concepts beyond a single data center location
- Strong partnerships with established software vendors
- Strong partnerships with key Open Source initiatives
- Strong partnerships with system integrators
- Widely accepted security and privacy certifications
- Ability to run dedicated/secure government loads
The Constellation ShortList™
Constellation evaluates over 60 players in this market. The Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share, and internal research.
- Alibaba Cloud
- Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
- IBM Cloud
- Microsoft Cloud/Azure
- Oracle Cloud IaaS
Frequency of Evaluation
Each Constellation ShortList evaluation will be updated every 180 days as needed.
Constellation clients may work with the analyst and research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.