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The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Public Cloud Platforms, Q4 2014

How The 16 Providers That Matter Most Stack Up

December 29, 2014


  • By John Rymer,
  • James Staten
  • with Peter Burris,
  • Christopher Mines,
  • Dominique Whittaker

Why Read This Report

Public cloud application platforms unlock the flexibility, developer-productivity, and economic advantages of cloud computing. Business technology and technology management professionals use a wide variety of public cloud platforms, and this Forrester Wave™ evaluates the leading providers of these choices. Public cloud platforms take several forms, including those providing basic infrastructure-as-a-service up through those providing full or partial platform services and tools. Each of these types of platforms is best suited to a distinct type of application development and delivery (AD&D) pro within your ranks. In Forrester's 19-criteria evaluation of public cloud vendors, we identified the 16 most significant public cloud platform providers for large enterprises — Acquia, Amazon Web Services (AWS), CenturyLink, Cordys, Dimension Data, Engine Yard, GoGrid, Google, IBM, Mendix, Microsoft, MIOsoft, OutSystems, Rackspace, Salesforce, and Verizon. This report details for CIOs how well each vendor fulfills our criteria and is suitable for a range of developers within your organization. Our goal: Help CIOs select public cloud platform partners that deliver the best balance of agility and enterprise fit.

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Table of Contents

  • Platforms Are Crucial For Enterprise Adoption Of Public Clouds
  • Your Platform Choice Starts With Your Developer Segments
  • Balance Developer Empowerment And Enterprise Suitability
  • Our Segment-Based Analysis Of Public Cloud Platforms
  • CIOs: Adjust The Criteria Weightings To Reflect Your Organization
  • Vendor Profiles
  • Supplemental Material
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