By Jared Ruckle
The annual publication of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide1 is a report card of sorts for each vendor, handed out based on the reams of data Gartner collects from countless interviews and quantitative analysis.
As we look in the rear-view mirror and evaluate our own performance over the last 12 months, two major themes stand out:Successful ‘table stakes’ execution
To gain a significant chunk of the cloud market in the years to come, a provider must consistently:
Deliver operational excellence – meet and exceed SLAs for customers, including some of the world’s largest brands.
Rapidly develop new capabilities – we launched new services and features month after month. Further, the DevOps mindset is woven into our organizational philosophy and structure, so CenturyLink can continue to release early and often.
Compete on price, specifically hourly compute – there’s far more to cloud costs than just the sticker price shown on websites. But the top vendors have demonstrated scale and efficiency with regular price drops. CenturyLink Cloud’s sticker prices – and bundled add-ons – make for a compelling and differentiated value prop.
We believe CenturyLink passed these 3 tests, as did the others who faired well in the 2015 edition of the...