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Amazon Web Services' position as the leading infrastructure-as-a-service provider is under threat, as competitors target markets the organisation has to date ignored, according to Gartner research veep Lydia Leong. Leong's expressed her opinion in a double-barrelled blog post, the first instalment of which says the source of AWS …

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Why not Rackspace/OpenStack?

Because Gartner knows who its paymasters are and it ain't that pesky thing called Open Source.

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Mushroom

Re: Why not Rackspace/OpenStack?

Haha couldn’t agree more! Worrying people pay to listen to gartner!

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As usual Gartner says what it is paid to say. By now no one cares what Gartner thinks.

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Nothing wrong with Gartner

A former beloved employer made the top left quadrant of their mystical quadrangle of death, every year.

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Non-USA?

The one that will clean up is whoever can get something set up which is located, operated, controlled and legally located somewhere with working data protection and privacy laws and that is beyond the reach of the US and UK governments (although it would still be liable to drone attack of course - better add bombproof to the list of features)

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See there's the rub:

"located, operated, controlled and legally located somewhere with working data protection and privacy laws"

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is beyond the reach of the US and UK governments

Bear in mind these companies are investing billions in hardware I'm sure they are keen that their invests are not going to 'nationalized' by a tin pot government. And then would that same government be able to resist the temptation (or Uncle Sam's cash) to look inside?

There are many places that you can put your data if you want it out of direct access by western governments. The problem is then that it's probably not secure anyway.

But more fundamentally, what great secrets do you have that you are anxious a government should never be able to see? If you represent a major bank or multi-national company maybe you've information you'd like kept secret, especially from the tax authorities, but you also have an army of lawyers to challenge any western governments that attempt to access your secrets (and also the ability to move it around). If you are not in this category then you must have reason to believe you are in some way special, that you are likely target for government intrusions. Or maybe you're just 'special'.

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I've corrected it for you...

"Amazon Web Services' position as the leading infrastructure-as-a-service provider is under threat, as competitors target markets the organisation has to date ignored, according to Gartner research veep Lydia Leong - in a recent paper sponsored by Microsoft, Google and VMware."

Industry analysts - as accurate as carpet bombing.

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No WAY!!!

I work for CSC (no, not the sofa-sellers, that's SCS) and our CEO just told us WE were number 2, just after Amazon. Why aren't WE on this list?

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Google has a problem.

AWS and Azure are run by companies that charge for systems/services, whereas Google is over 90% ad-funded. When it comes to cloud data, trusting Google is a hard thing to do when their business model pretty much requires them to snoop.

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Missed one other *deep* item from Redmond.

Deep packet inspection.

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