Amazon remains top dog in Gartner’s cloud Magic Quadrant

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Gartner’s IaaS Magic Quadrant is out and Amazon Web Services is the clear the market leader, with Microsoft Azure is giving it a run for its money.

It’s been a similar narrative for the past few years, but today Gartner basically said the market is status quo in 2016. The research firm’s MQ report is seen as an annual benchmark for the industry, a sort of checkpoint to see where the various vendors sit. Once again, it’s Amazon on top, Microsoft in second and a whole boatload of other vendors lumped into a category of “everyone else.”

AWS: The ‘safe choice’

Amazon Web Service’s IaaS cloud is so mature and feature-rich that it’s defaulted to become the “safe choice” in the IaaS cloud market, Gartner says. AWS’s offerings available to the market are not only “many times the aggregate size of all other providers in the market,” Gartner says, but the company has a “multi-year” competitive advantage over every other competitor too.