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Gartner calls for 32.8% growth in IaaS in 2015

19 May 2015 6:44 AM | Michael O'Neil (Administrator)
Gartner just issued a release on a forecast for IaaS. It's an interesting read. It predicts growth of 32.8% in 2015 (and a CAGR of 29.1% for the 2014-2019 period), and claims as well that "the absolute growth of public cloud IaaS workloads surpassed the growth of on-premises workloads (of any type) for the first time." Curiously, though, in the midst of all of this growth, Gartner believes that "many service providers are shifting their strategies after failing to gain enough market traction," and VP/analyst Lydia Leong adds that "we urge buyers to be extremely cautious when selecting providers," with the implication that larger firms are safer (and therefore, presumably, better) bets. 

I'm not sure I agree with this part of the analysis - it seems to me that the IaaS market is both growing and de-laminating, creating opportunities for suppliers focused on niche requirements - but overall, the release is well worth a read. Here's a link:http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3055225


  • 19 Jun 2015 6:47 AM | Michael O'Neil (Administrator)
    Michael O'Neil: Matt Eyman and Ernie Raymond, thanks for the "likes"!

    Ernie Raymond: Its good information Michael. Any time there is potential substantial growth like this, no matter the industry, it is interesting to see what premise the prediction is based on. In this case, the market is already moving towards this solution but due to a lot of confusion/mystery still surrounding the adoption of cloud, it is a safe bet that there will be many that will change their strategies as they become more educated with issues like security surrounding public cloud vs. on premise and the costs associated with each (including the potential downsides of each). At least that's my opinion. Size is not always the answer.

    Michael O'Neil: I agree, Ernie. I just had a very interesting call with a company focused on compliant cloud targeted at specific industry needs. These industries will in turn be looking for providers who understand their unique requirements. Would Amazon be a better alternative for them? I can't imagine so...AWS has a place (and a large one!) in the industry, but the notion that this alone qualifies it to be a supplier to customers of all types seems wrong - as you say, "size is not always the answer," especially when the questions are varied and changing!

    Michael O'Neil: To follow up - I just posted a link to a TechRepublic article covering this same research on InsightaaS. The TechRepublic research adds some additional information on the share gap (or at least, Gartner's reckoning of the share gap) between AWS and its next 14 nearest competitors, and Microsoft and the next 12 leading IaaS suppliers. I'm still a bit skeptical of the overall message, but I appreciate the fact that TechRepublic reprinted the IaaS MQ for both 2015 and 2014...

    Here's a link to the InsightaaS post, which in turn contains a link to the TechRepublic article: http://www.insightaas.com/techrepublic-gartner-declares-iaas-race-decided-aws-wins/

    Ernie Raymond: Thanks Michael for the additional research.
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