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Saturday, October 10, 2012

Virtustream a Visionary in Gartner 2012 IaaS Magic Quadrant

Congratulations to NJVC Cloudcuity partner Virtustream for being positioned as a visionary in the Gartner 2012 IaaS Magic Quadrant!

Magic Quadrants provide a graphical competitive positioning of four types of technology providers, where market growth is high and provider differentiation is distinct:

  • Leaders execute well against their current vision and are well positioned for tomorrow.
  • Visionaries understand where the market is going or have a vision for changing market rules, but do not yet execute well.
  • Niche Players focus successfully on a small segment, or are unfocused and do not out-innovate or outperform others.
  • Challengers execute well today or may dominate a large segment, but do not demonstrate an understanding of market direction.

To appear in the IaaS Magic Quadrant, vendors had to meet, as of June 2012, the following criteria:

  • They must sell public cloud compute IaaS as a stand-alone service, without the requirement to bundle it with managed hosting, application development, application maintenance or other outsourcing. They may, optionally, also sell a private version of this offering that uses the same architecture but is not multi-tenant.
  • The service must be enterprise-class, offering 24/7 customer support (including phone support), SLAs, the ability to scale an application beyond the capacity of a single physical server, an allowable VM size of at least eight compute units and 15 GB of RAM, the ability to support secure connectivity to the infrastructure, and support for role-based access control. They must offer this service in a minimum of two data centers, located in different metropolitan areas.
  • They must be among the top 15 global providers, by Gartner-estimated market share for the evaluated services (public cloud IaaS and standardized private cloud IaaS).

Earlier this month, NJVC and Virtustream announced an alliance to provide the Virtustream xChange (cloud marketplace) to government customers. Under the terms of the agreement, NJVC customers will use xChange technology to shop for on-demand compute services from providers that are looking to sell unused capacity, often at a discount. This service will soon be available to the federal government through the new NJVC Cloudcuity Government Marketplace via the NJVC Cloudcuity Management Portal.

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