Tier 3 Positioned in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service
BELLEVUE, WA, Aug 21, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
Tier 3, a public cloud infrastructure and cloud management platform
provider, today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner,
Inc. in the 2013 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a
Service(1). The Magic Quadrant depicts Gartner's analysis of how
certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as
defined by Gartner.
Gartner reports that "the market for cloud compute infrastructure as
a service (a virtual data center of compute, storage and network
services delivered as a service) is still maturing and rapidly
evolving." Tier 3 sees that enterprises have expanded their cloud
usage to include mission-critical applications. And to fully realize
the benefits of cloud computing, companies need to transform the way
they approach IT operations. Reducing human labor -- replacing that
labor with automation, and making that labor smarter -- represents a
tremendous opportunity for cloud infrastructure providers.
"The cloud is about so much more than fast and easy access to
computing resources. The true benefits are in automating the mundane
tasks that preoccupy most IT departments today, thereby liberating
staff to help transform the business," said Jared Wray, founder and
CTO at Tier 3. "As we believe Gartner's analysis makes clear,
enterprise organizations are becoming smarter about how they leverage
cloud resources to improve agility and better align IT with the
business. Since the beginning, Tier 3 has focused on identifying
which cloud management functions should be automated and has built an
integrated offering that enables our enterprise customers to take
full advantage of what the cloud can deliver."
Specific capabilities of Tier 3's platform that help automate IT
activities include Cloud Blueprints(TM), an orchestration engine that
reduces the time to deploy new enterprise application environments
from days to minutes, and Groups, a powerful feature that helps users
organize, administer, and manage multiple virtual machines as a
The placement in the Magic Quadrant caps a significant period of
growth for Tier 3 in the last 12 months. Recent highlights include:
-- Global expansion. Tier 3 customers may now deploy virtual servers in
nine data centers around the world -- four in the U.S., two in Canada,
two in the U.K., and one in mainland Europe.
-- Partnerships and new reseller capabilities. In April, PEER 1 Hosting,
a global web hosting provider, launched its Mission Critical Cloud,
powered by the Tier 3 cloud platform. The following month, Tier 3 also
released its Reseller Edition, which includes a number of features to
help system integrators and other services providers resell Tier 3's
-- New self-service capabilities. Dozens of new features have been added
to the Tier 3 platform in the last year, including load balancers,
firewall management, and a new S3-compatible object storage service
that offers automatic geo-replication.
-- Automation of enterprise application deployments. Tier 3's Cloud
Blueprints(TM) library has been expanded to include best practice
configurations for several Microsoft products, including Exchange,
Lync, SharePoint, and SQL Server.
For the report, Gartner defines Infrastructure as a Service as a
standardized, highly automated offering, where compute resources,
complemented by storage and networking capabilities, are owned by a
service provider and offered to the customer on demand. The resources
are scalable and elastic in near-real-time, and metered by use.
Self-service interfaces are exposed directly to the customer,
including a Web-based UI and, optionally, an API. The resources may
be single-tenant or multi-tenant, and hosted by the service provider
or on-premises in the customer's data center.
About Tier 3
Tier 3 is a complete cloud management platform for mid-tier to large
enterprises, as well as SaaS providers. To bring even more value to
customers, Tier 3 has combined elements of the traditional enterprise
cloud market with those of cloud management platforms. Tier 3's suite
of cloud products and services include advanced management and
orchestration enabling our customers to run workloads ranging from
simple development and test environments to the most complex and
demanding enterprise applications. The Company is based in Bellevue,
WA, with regional presence in multiple locations in North America and
About the Gartner Magic Quadrant
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its research publications, and does not advise technology users to
select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research
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to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or
fitness for a particular purpose.
(1) "Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service" by Lydia
Leong, Doug Toombs, Bob Gill, Gregor Petri, and Tiny Haynes, August
SOURCE: Tier 3
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