The latest Cloud Enabled Managed Hosting Magic Quadrant for Europe from Gartner sees Rackspace, Colt, CenturyLink and Verizon losing ground in the leaders’ quadrant, while Attenda drops out of the challengers quadrant, both KPN and Atos move in to the niche players quadrant, and AT&T, Easynet and SFR drop out completely due to insufficient revenue in this quarter.
Interoute has taken the lead away from Rackspace in the Leaders quadrant and Gartner attribute this to Interoutes’ investment in SDN (software defined networking) and its self-service capabilities as well as leveraging it investments in Pan-European fibre-based network and data centre services capability. Explaining the lead Gartner says, “Unlike most other European providers, it caters both to pure-play digital service providers and to traditional enterprises, offering a full portfolio of networking colocation, hosting and cloud services from local data centres in major European countries.” Rackspace lose their lead because of their infrastructure capacity outside of the UK “Customers with data residency requirements or latency concerns in European regions farther away from the UK need to take this into consideration.” States Gartner.
While the leaders quadrant has had some changes most of the other quadrants remain fairly static, IBM are still in the challengers quadrant along with NTT – who nudged up from a niche player and Attenda has slipped back down to a niche player.
Commenting on their performance in the Magic Quadrant, Claranet’s CEO, Charles Nasser, said: “We have taken big strides over the past year to support our completeness of vision and improve our ability to execute across Europe. The strategically-important acquisitions in Portugal and Spain bolstered our Iberian presence, while our strengthening relationships with large infrastructure providers, such as AWS and Microsoft, have facilitated the development of more innovative services. We believe that these improvements enable us to support our customers better than ever before and have been reflected in our improved position in this year’s Magic Quadrant.”
Next year should be interesting as both HP and Adapt are sitting in the wings and are investing heavily in OpenStack and SDN.
For comparison here's June 2014 Magic Quadrant