To be successful with a cloud strategy, organizations must take a comprehensive approach to adoption. Today, IaaS is a major component of any enterprise cloud adoption strategy. Selecting what workloads to host in a public or private cloud is a major decision. Further, selecting the right vendor for each workload is another complex decision. IDC’s IaaS MarketScape has taken a deep look at the marketplace of the major global IaaS players.
Today over 70% of CIOs have a cloud-first stance. Over the past decade, we've seen growing acceptance among enterprise companies in running production and analytics workloads in public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS). This interest has fueled a whopping compound growth of 34.6% in IaaS spending between 2013 and 2016. In four short years, public cloud has gone from being a novelty to taking its place as a mainstream choice. New production and analytics workloads supplement earlier use cases of backup, disaster recovery, and archiving – not only for new applications but also for existing on-premise enterprise applications which are being relocated to public cloud IaaS.
Consequently, the use of IaaS is displacing traditional on-premise computing and storage investments. IaaS is enabling faster time to market for new applications. More options in terms of IaaS providers are now viable. Among enterprises using IaaS, the motivating factors driving its use have been to reduce infrastructure capital cost and allocate IT resources to strategic business growth objectives.
IDC’s IaaS MarketScape has taken a deep look at the marketplace of the major global IaaS players.The growing acceptance of the use of IaaS by enterprises has given rise to new, fast-rising IaaS providers. While Amazon Web Services (AWS) dominated the industry for many years, entrants such as Microsoft, Google, IBM, and regional providers like Alibaba and Fujitsu are giving AWS a run for its IaaS money, giving users more choices.
To be successful with a cloud strategy, organizations must take a comprehensive approach to adoption. Today, IaaS is a major component of any enterprise cloud adoption strategy. Selecting what workloads to host in a public or private cloud is a major decision. Further, selecting the right vendor for each workload is another complex decision.
With more and more choices stemming from increased competition between the major players in the cloud space, customers and potential customers have lots of good opportunity to capitalize on the competition. The winner here is clearly the customer. Organizations have the opportunity to leverage cloud solutions to increase their competitiveness both operationally and strategically. Leveraging IaaS solutions has its place in any cloud transition strategy. One area that consistently is a concern among enterprises is the best-fit use for IaaS based on existing application portfolios. Determining which workloads are the best candidates for IaaS is a common question followed quickly by an economic and operational analysis of the costs associated with running workloads in private versus public cloud infrastructure. This MarketScape guides the vendor selection decision as part of the IaaS implementation process, which also includes:
- Addressing risk tolerance, lack of control, and emotional factors in moving to the cloud
- Meeting legal, compliance, and security mandates
Today, IaaS is far from a commoditized offering. While the core set of IaaS offerings are gradually coming together across top providers, cloud providers still differ in details of number and type of virtual server and storage services they offer. They also vary by the additional services they offer in their respective public cloud ecosystems. This report is “must-read” for any executive grappling with the decision about where, and with what vendor, to host current and future workloads.