This IDC Presentation provides analysis and findings from a North America wide study of firms that are current and past users of Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings. Specifically, the survey intended to capture adoption trends and insights for AWS storage services, namely block storage (EBS), object storage (S3), and long-term/cold storage (Glacier). This Presentation seeks to examine the reasons why firms like or don't like AWS storage services — and in the latter case, what alternatives they pursue for storing their active and inactive datasets. Surveyed firms were broadly classified into three groups — firms with less than 1,000 employees, firms with 1,001–9,999 employees, and firms with more than 10,000 employees.
"With cloud computing and storage services gaining popularity, Amazon Web Services — which is undoubtedly the pioneer in this market finds its dominance threatened. There are a lot of capabilities firms still like about AWS, but a number of issues are forcing firms to look elsewhere for alternatives. The marketplace is becoming competitive, and providers like Microsoft, IBM, and Google are offering compelling alternatives that make it easier for firms to switch. Several firms also find bringing services in-house to be more economical," said Laura DuBois, program VP at IDC.