Google named a Leader in 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services again

For the fourth consecutive year, Gartner has positioned Google as a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services (formerly titled as Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, or IaaS).

With our customers and communities adjusting to new ways of working and doing business, Google Cloud has remained focused on building services and platforms that help you be more resilient and derive even more value from your cloud infrastructure. We believe Gartner’s analysis and recognition gives our customers the confidence needed to choose Google as the platform for customer-centric innovation. Here are just a few recent examples.

Ready for the most demanding, mission-critical workloads

Our enterprise-ready cloud provides you the uptime, performance, and scale to run even your most demanding workloads. Examples of recent launches: 

  • The largest single-node GPU-enabled VM in the industry with up to 16 NVIDIA A100 instances so that our customers can run their ML workloads 

  • The only cloud to support scale-out 96TB SAP HANA so that customers can confidently bring their most critical workloads to GCP

  • Strategic partnerships with leading partners like SAP 

  • Several regions and an expanded global network footprint including new subsea cables, Firmina, Dunant, Blue and Raman

  • High bandwidth 50/75/100Gbps networking for VMs

  • Persistent Disk Extreme (block storage) with 120K IOPS 

  • Filestore High Scale scale-out NFS for HPC

Saves you money

Save money with a transparent and innovative approach to pricing and intelligent recommendations. In the past year, we’ve launched several innovations to help you save costs:

  • Tau VMs, which offer the best price-performance among leading clouds for scale-out workloads 

  • Machine-learning-driven predictive auto-scaling for VMs and GKE Autopilot, enabling infrastructure to scale up and down as needed with minimal waste 

  • Standard network tier which routes traffic over the internet for cost optimization 


We have a long history of leadership in open technologies—from projects like Kubernetes, the industry standard in container orchestration and interoperability, to TensorFlow, a platform to help anyone develop and train machine learning models. Here are a few recent improvements we’ve made to ensure your cloud is an open cloud: 

  • Extended Anthos to bare metal and Microsoft Azure to support customers who want a multi-cloud and hybrid cloud posture. 

  • Announced a new network dataplane for Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) and Anthos that supports eBPF, an open-source Linux kernel technology optimized for Kubernetes. 

  • Google Kubernetes Engine (based on the Kubernetes standard) received the top overall score based on 2021 Gartner Solution Scorecard for Google Kubernetes Engine.


Google Cloud's trusted infrastructure uses layers of security to protect your data with advanced technologies and operations, keeping your organization secure and compliant. For example, we offer:

  • Confidential VMs and Confidential GKE with in-memory encryption and encryption keys controlled by you, with a single checkbox

  • Enhanced security for Cloud Run

  • Strong support against DDoS attacks. In 2017, our infrastructure absorbed the largest-known DDoS attack at 2.5Tbps with no impact to customers. 


Google Cloud helps customers transform their business sustainably. We operate the cleanest cloud in the industry to make sure your digital footprint doesn’t leave a carbon one. Here are a few proof points:

  • Google has been carbon neutral since 2007, and for the past four years has matched 100% of the electricity we consume globally with wind and solar purchases. Everything you run on Google Cloud is net carbon neutral. 

  • We continue to innovate towards greater energy efficiency in our data centers, and compared with five years ago, now deliver around seven times as much computing power with the same amount of electrical power.

  • Recently we announced new features to help customers reduce the carbon footprint of their applications and infrastructure, including a region picker to help with architecture decisions, and low carbon indicators in the Google Cloud Console.  

Supporting our customers

Most importantly, our field organizations and partner organizations work with a singular focus to ensure customer success. This has made Google Cloud the fastest growing hyperscaler, with a rapidly expanding customer base across all geos and industries.

Since launching Customer Care last year, we consolidated and simplified the post-sales engagement with customers, increased the support channels, created an API to allow programmatic case creation, and combined product specific support into a single package for all of Google Cloud. Enterprises with Customer Care continue to report high levels of satisfaction with their focused technical account managers (TAMs), helping them get the most business value out of Google Cloud.

We are committed to sustaining and accelerating the pace of customer-centric innovation. You can download a complimentary copy of the 2021 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services on our website. 

Join us to learn much more about Google Cloud at the upcoming Google Cloud Next ‘21 digital conference.  

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services,  Raj Bala | Bob Gill | Dennis Smith | Kevin Ji | David Wright, 27 July 2021
Gartner, Solution Scorecard for Google Kubernetes Engine,  Tony Iams | Traverse Clayton | Megan Bain, 12 April 2021
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Brad Calder
Vice President, Engineering


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