Gartner research named Microsoft Azure as a leader for the second year in a row in their analysis of Public Cloud Storage Services. Ranked along terms of completeness of a provider's vision and their ability to execute that vision, Gartner places Microsoft in the number two spot behind Amazon Web Services.
Microsoft took to their own Azure blog to speak about Gartner's report, and also point out that an independent research report by Nasuni found Azure Storage as the best performer in benchmark tests.
Positive assessments, like Gartner's and Nasuni's, will be important to the growth of Azure, which Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella placed a special emphasis on it in his email to the troops last week. In laying out his vision for Microsoft, he again stressed along similar lines of his mobile-first, cloud-first statements, that Microsoft's customer experiences will be powered by Microsoft's cloud platform.