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2nd Watch Named "Leader" in Gartner’s New Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Managed Service Providers Report

2nd Watch is honored to be named a leader in the 2017 Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide” report.  We want to thank our customers that have partnered with us throughout the years and our employees who are key to 2nd Watch’s continued success and the success of our customers.

What are the contributing factors to our success?

  • One of the longest track records in AWS consulting services and a very close partnership with AWS. We understand the AWS environment and how to best operate within it, and we have numerous customer case studies, large-scale implementations, and a solid track record of positive customer experiences and strong customer retention. We have in-depth expertise in helping traditional businesses launch and operate digital business offerings.
  • A well-established cloud migration factory. Our professional services help enterprise customers with cloud readiness assessments, security assessments and cloud governance structures. We also assist customers with re-engineering IT processes for the cloud and integrating cloud processes with other established business processes.
  • Our Cloud Management Platform, which provides policy-driven governance capabilities, while still allowing the customer to fully exploit the underlying cloud platform

Gartner positioned 2nd Watch in the Leaders quadrant for its ability to execute and completeness of vision.  We are all-in with AWS Cloud and are committed to the success of our clients as evidenced in our use cases.

Some of the world’s largest enterprises partner with 2nd Watch for our ability to deliver tailored and integrated management solutions that holistically and proactively encompass the operating, financial, and technical requirements for public cloud adoption. In the end, customers gain more leverage from the cloud with a lot less risk.

We look forward to continued success in 2017 and beyond through successful customer implementations and ongoing management. To find out how we can partner with your company, visit us here.

Access Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide” report, compliments of 2nd Watch.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally, and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved.

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AWS a Leader Again in 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant

Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide was released today, evaluating 10 different vendors for ‘completeness of vision’ and ‘ability to execute.’ Although AWS continues to face more competition, we know it remains a market share leader in the industry. Gartner has placed AWS as having both the furthest completeness of vision and the highest ability to execute.

Because the market for cloud IaaS is in a state of upheaval, with many service providers shifting their strategies after failing to gain enough market traction, 2nd Watch recommends utilizing Gartner’s Magic Quadrant to help eliminate the confusion around the various providers in the Infrastructure as a Service sector.

Access the Gartner Report

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

-Nicole Maus, Marketing Manager

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Gartner Critical Capabilities for Public Cloud IaaS

Gartner_logo_svgLearn from Gartner what the Critical Capabilities for Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service were for 2014.  Gartner evaluates 15 public cloud IaaS service providers, listed in the 2014 Magic Quadrant, against eight critical capabilities and for four common use cases your enterprise manages today.

Gartner takes an in-depth look at the critical capabilities for:

  • Application Development – for the needs of large teams of developers building new applications
  • Batch Computing – including high-performance computing (HPC), data analytics and other one-time (but potentially recurring), short-term, large-scale, scale-out workloads
  • Cloud Native Applications – for applications at any scale, which have been written with the strengths and weaknesses of public cloud IaaS in mind
  • General Business Applications – for applications not designed with the cloud in mind, but that can run comfortably in virtualized environments
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
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Cloud Computing: Shift from CapEx to OpEx

According to Gartner, while 42% of CIOs report to CFOs, 75% of CFOs are actively involved in making IT decisions for their companies. Successful selling then requires understanding how CFOs think about making business and financial decisions. Cloud computing is accelerating this need based on the shift from capital expense to operating expenses. Capital expenses (CapEx) are for assets with a useful life greater than one year. Operating expenses (OpEx) are incurred in the ordinary course of running the business on a monthly or yearly basis.

Why does the shift from CapEx to OpEx matter? Companies want to preserve cash. CapEx requires an upfront investment. OpEx allows you to pay on a monthly or years basis. For example, instead of making an upfront investment based on peak capacity for physical server infrastructure, customers can leverage AWS to match capacity to need, as well as pay as they go (monthly) for only the services that they use.  The following is a summary of the key differences between CapEx and OpEx:

You can also try the TCO Calculator to see what kind of Capex savings your business could save by moving to the cloud.

-Josh Lowry, General Manager – West

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