Microsoft Azure has topped the Gartner 2016 Cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant alongside AWS. Each year Gartner assess cloud Infrastructure as a Service- which means the cloud competitors in the market. IaaS refers not just to the platform itself, but the providers also host hardware, software, servers and infrastructure components on behalf of their customers. All of the platforms are highly automated, complemented by network and storage capabilities and offered to customers on demand.
Gartner looks at the completeness of vision,and the ability to execute. Completeness of vision refers to the range of integrated services and solutions in total.
Source: Gartner (August 2016)
Gartner 2016 Iaas Trends
As we have blogged about before: Azure is Microsoft's cloud platform - and where Financials for Office 365 is hosted. Azure remains the largest cloud provider with the most data centres worldwide. Read more about Azure here.