Critical capabilities contest
Gartner recently released its "2015 Critical Capabilities for Public Cloud IaaS" report, evaluating the chops of 15 infrastructure-as-a-service providers (up through October 2015) when applied to the four use cases most common to cloud computing.
Amazon Web Services was the winner for every use case analysed by Gartner.
The researcher's analysis delivered valuable insights into the providers' unique areas of strengths and weaknesses - insights that can help partners and customers select the right cloud for the right job.
While cloud technology has gotten "sufficiently mature for most needs," providers continue to rapidly introduce innovative capabilities and usher in improvements, Gartner said. But at the same time, buyer expectations and competitive pressure are increasing, causing many providers to struggle.
"For most such providers, the gap between their capabilities and the capabilities of the market leaders is growing, not shrinking," the Gartner report noted.