Gartner just released their first Magic Quadrant (MQ) focusing on aPaaS*. The report focuses on public cloud enterprise aPaaS offerings.
As usual, when reading those MQ reports, we tend to forget the obvious: being mentioned on a Gartner MQ is an achievement by itself: many companies simply don’t make it on any MQ.
CloudBees is categorized as a “Visionary,” along with software veterans such as Red Hat, IBM, SAP and Progress, but CloudBees gets credited with a much greater ability to execute than all of those vendors (and a greater Vision than Google). We think this is a testament to our commitment to deliver a high-quality service in the public cloud, and our focus on helping developers, business units and enterprises to be successful at creating business differentiation in the cloud.
“Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service,” January 7, 2014, by Yefim V. Natis, Massimo Pezzini, Mark Driver, David Mitchell Smith, Kimihiko Iijima, Ross Altman. This Magic Quadrant graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research note and should be evaluated in the context of the entire report. The Gartner report is available here.
On the other hand, very few - if any - of the legacy vendors have gone through the mandatory steps of reorganizing their engineering, support, operations and sales organizations to deliver on a true “aaS”/service model. Most of the time, their public cloud offerings serve as a lead generation mechanism for their private cloud offerings, aimed at protecting their existing middleware revenues. It is not by accident that the top five vendors in the Gartner MQ are operating true services-oriented organizations: Salesforce, Microsoft Azure, Google, Engine Yard and CloudBees.
Last but not least, the MQ is still marked by the absence of key vendors in the middleware business (such as Oracle) and the hosting/IaaS (Rackspace, AT&T, Verizon, etc.) spaces. The next 12 months will be very interesting to watch as those vendors make their entry in that market.
*To quote Gartner, “A PaaS that is designed to enable runtime deployment, management and maintenance of cloud business application services is an application PaaS (aPaaS).”