DALLAS, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognizing its strengths in enterprise hosting and management, especially for complex e-businesses, AT&T1 has been positioned as a challenger in the European managed hosting marketplace by Gartner, Inc. in its latest "Magic Quadrant for European Managed Hosting" 2 report.
Managed hosting services can help businesses simplify the management of their IT infrastructure. Under managed hosting agreements, a trusted provider 'hosts' an enterprise's data and applications in their data center facilities and manages the business' computing, network bandwidth and storage capacity accordingly. Managed hosting is often combined with or delivered on top of cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
Gartner advises customers that it is crucial to look beyond Magic Quadrant Leaders when selecting a vendor, especially if you have an unusual need; pointing out that the vendor that is perfect for your needs may be a niche player, challenger or visionary.
According the report, the European market for managed hosting is mature albeit fragmented, but the introduction of cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) into the European market has driven significant evolution in this area over the last five years. There is a stronger emphasis on automation, flexible contracts and capacity on demand.
Gartner evaluated 17 vendors, and the analysis was based on completeness of vision, including market understanding, product strategy and innovation, among other criteria. The Magic Quadrant also assesses ability to execute, which includes capabilities, overall viability and customer experience.
1AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
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