Savvis Garners Gartner's Praise for Managed Hosting

By Doug Barney

Savvis was an independent multifaceted outfit focused largely on the cloud, before the massive telecom company CenturyLink ponied up $2.5 billion to buy Savvis almost two years ago.

Since then, Savvis has sharpened its push into the cloud, in particular bundling up services to make it easier for clients to fully exploit the Internet. This largely comes in form of savvisdirect, launched late last year.

Having established a major brand over its history, Savvis was allowed to keep its name and wasn’t fully subsumed by CenturyLink. Meanwhile, parent company CenturyLink has experienced strong growth, with almost a 35-percent rise in revenue last year, reaching $4.6 billion.

The work in the area of managed Web hosting has paid off, as Gartner just blessed Savvis by placing it in the coveted magic quadrant for this style of service. Rackspace, AT&T and Verizon Terremark also made the magic cut.

Gartner is uniquely powerful in the world of IT. Large shops often essentially outsource high level decisions, relying instead on Gartner recommendations. And given that, vendors move heaven and earth to influence the analysts at Gartner.

But Gartner is far from perfect. IT veterans have seen prediction upon prediction go south over the years, and sometimes wonder if some analysts are more interested in attention than solid science.

When it comes to product analysis, though, many Gartner staffers have vendor or IT backgrounds, and the work is clearly sound.

Gartner Web Hosting Quadrant, North America

And Savvis is clearly a major MSP player. “We believe our industry leadership position reflects the trust companies have in Savvis when they choose us to manage their business-critical applications, content and IT infrastructure," said Jeff Von Deylen, president of Savvis. "Savvis employees know that every experience matters – to our clients' success and to our success – and we take great pride in helping companies solve their immediate business problems and plan for future growth through our consultative approach and hybrid solutions."

Vendors are placed in the so-called magic quadrant based innovation, product strategy, and execution ability. Savvis believes its being in this quadrant is a no-brainer.

“With over 10 years of experience designing and deploying hosting environments, our solutions have been road-tested by the market’s most demanding industries, such as financial, retail, and travel and hospitality. We’ve leveraged this experience to build a broad portfolio of compute and application infrastructure which serves as the cornerstone of our dedicated hosting solutions,” Savvis said.

In the managed space, Savvis offers Infrastructure-as-a-Service, managed applications, backup and storage, and a host of professional services.

Edited by Braden Becker

MSPToday Editor at Large

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