IBM Exec: We Have Ways to Stand Out in the Cloud Wars

By:  Eric Jhonsa

Though (AMZNGet Report) , Microsoft (MSFTGet Report) and Alphabet/Google’s (GOOGLGet Report) public cloud platforms have been collectively taking a lot of share from smaller rivals, IBM (IBMGet Report) insists it can hold its own.

The 2018 version of research firm’s Gartner’s cloud infrastructure (IaaS) Magic Quadrant report suggests Amazon, Microsoft and to a lesser extent Google have put more distance between themselves and other IaaS players. All three companies are now labeled as “Leaders” by Gartner, while IBM, Oracle (ORCLGet Report) and Alibaba (BABAGet Report)  (tops in China) are now labeled as “Niche Players” rather than “Visionaries.” And eight other firms, including CenturyLink (CTLGet Report) , Rackspace and Dell EMC’s Virtustream unit, have been thrown out of Gartner’s report altogether.

IBM did, however, get some praise for its ability to migrate mainframe clients to its cloud, as well as its large global footprint. In a talk with TheStreet, Jason McGee, the CTO of IBM’s Cloud Platform unit, argued Big Blue’s strong support for hybrid clouds is a competitive strength, as are unique offerings in fields such as security, blockchain solutions and AI/machine learning (Watson). He also noted IBM’s cloud partnerships with the likes of Red Hat (RHTGet Report) , New Relic (NEWRGet Report) and Box (BOXGet Report) .

Such strengths should allow IBM to remain a notable public cloud player in the years to come. However, Amazon, Microsoft and Google look as well-positioned as ever to gain share, given their massive infrastructure scale, big R&D investments and sizable developer and partner ecosystems.

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