Liam is a Research Director and Head of Voice of the Enterprise (VotE) and Voice of the Service Provider practices at 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence. In roughly 20 years covering the technology services market, Liam has closely followed many of the trends that have shaped the business, platforms, and partner ecosystems.
For some companies -- okay, most companies -- one cloud provider just isn’t enough. Whether to avoid vendor lock-in, to take advantage of best-in-breed offerings, for redundancy, or to optimize costs, organizations are using multiple clouds to meet their specific needs, according to Liam Eagle, Research Director at 451 Research.
The term alternative cloud provider is more nuanced than it seems. One of the first to coin the term, Liam Eagle, Research Director at 451 Research, defines an alternative provider as any public cloud provider that isn’t a hyperscaler; for instance, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. And that’s where the nuance comes in because not every alternative provider can be a credible alternative to what the hyperscalers offer.