Microsoft has the “most ambitious cloud strategy”: Forbes

by Shijaz Abdulla on 25.02.2013 at 21:58

I read with interest an article on by Louis Columbus, titled Demystifying Cloud Vendors.

Louis shares his observations from a recent Gartner webinar titled How Cloud Computing changes the Vendor Landscape by David Mitchell, VP and Gartner Fellow.

Microsoft has the most ambitious cloud strategy of the nine companies profiled, and their cloud-first design initiative shows they have faith in Azure performing in the enterprise.  Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 will first be released on Azure, then on-premise is a case in point. Microsoft is impatient  to move into a subscription model with its evolving cloud platform.

Gartner’s analysis of Microsoft’s cloud strategy is shown in the following graphic.


Here is a summary chart showing Microsoft as having perfect balance between enabling technology and packaged cloud. Other major vendors on the list are Amazon, Google,, IBM, VMware, HP, and Oracle among others.


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System Center the absolute leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant on Client Management Tools

by Shijaz Abdulla on 04.07.2012 at 10:15


Going back to the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Client Management Tools published on 31 January and revised on 8 February 2012.

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is placed as the absolute leader in the Magic Quadrant, where the likes of HP, Symantec, LANDesk, CA and others were considered.

The main strengths of System Center Configuration Manager listed by Gartner included our tight integration with App-V, Service Manager and Forefront Endpoint Protection, and the availability of knowledge in the industry due to wide adoption.

Pondering over the cautions, Gartner mentions that Linux and Macintosh client management is not included in SCCM at the time of publishing this quadrant. However, Microsoft announced on June 11, 2012  the SCCM 2012 SP1 CTP that includes support for managing Windows 8, Macintosh OS X and Linux.

The other caution was around Mobile Device Management, since SCCM currently provides only ‘lightweight’ MDM and that SCCM might require expertise for installation. Thanks to the large network of specialized partners in System Center, finding expertise is easy. There are also a number of solutions that integrate and extend the MDM capabilities of System Center Configuration Manager such as Athena MDM.

June 2012 Gartner Quadrant on Server Virtualization

by Shijaz Abdulla on 27.06.2012 at 10:48

Figure 1.Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

Microsoft is a leader, right behind VMware on the June 2012 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization released by Gartner.

But wait – in this magic quadrant, Gartner compares Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and System Center 2007 with VMware vSphere 5. You can imagine what would be the outcome if they were to consider Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012!!

What is also interesting to note, is about the cautions that Gartner have mentioned about Microsoft vs. VMware:

For Microsoft, the cautions are all around sales & marketing, such as penetrating VMware installed base and facing competition. For VMware, however, the caution is about customer concerns around vendor lock-in – specifically around the lack of support for heterogeneous environments, a strength in System Center 2012 that brings flexibility to customers.

Related Post: How Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V compares against VMware vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Plus

Microsoft Exchange receives “strong positive” rating in Gartner MarketScope

by Shijaz Abdulla on 02.09.2010 at 20:22

Matt Cain, vice president and lead e-mail analyst at Gartner, recently published the Gartner MarketScope for E-mail Systems, 2010 (Matt Cain, Gartner Research, Aug. 12, 2010), which evaluated the major e-mail vendors. Microsoft received a “strong positive” rating, and has purchased the reprint rights. To read the report, please click here: Gartner MarketScope for E-mail Systems, 2010.

The MarketScope included vendors such as Google, IBM, MiraPoint, Novell, Open X-change, VMware/Zimbra and Xandros/Scalix. It’s interesting to note that Microsoft is the only vendor that received a “strong positive” rating.