IaaS and Hosting Infrastructure Services
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IDC's IaaS and Hosting Infrastructure Services examines the dynamics of a rapidly evolving market that has moved far beyond its origins as "Web hosting." Distinctions between public Web sites/applications and corporate IT business functions continue to blur, and infrastructure outsourcing now takes many forms — from colocation to cloud and hybrid variations in between. Businesses look to IaaS and hosting as a more flexible and optimization-oriented approach to strategic IT issues (enterprise datacenter/IT consolidation and extended enterprise enablement) and as a tactical solution for specific projects as Web sites, digital media delivery, and distributed enterprise applications. As cloud-based IT infrastructure models gain momentum, "traditional" hosting providers are incorporating cloud options and architecture principles into their business strategies. IDC's IaaS and Hosting Infrastructure Services research keeps clients informed of the market and end-user trends, technology developments, and shifts in the service provider landscape (particularly the impact of "cloud native" challengers).

Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Hosting infrastructure market segmentation
  • Cloud infrastructure services and service provider strategies
  • Hosting/cloud infrastructure market ecosystems
  • Service provider strategies and competitive positioning
  • Industry alliances and partnerships
  • Content delivery network (CDN) services

Core Research

  • U.S. IaaS and Hosting Forecast and Analysis
  • IDC CloudView Survey: IaaS and Hybrid Cloud
  • U.S. IaaS and Hosting Services: End-User Survey
  • IaaS and Hosting Provider Competitive Analysis

In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.

Key Questions Answered

  1. What is the market for IaaS and hosting services? How is the competitive landscape evolving and who are the market leaders?
  2. How is cloud affecting the strategies, portfolios, and service delivery architectures of "traditional" hosting providers?
  3. How will the different types of infrastructure outsourcing services evolve over time?
  4. What are the most common use cases for the various infrastructure outsourcing service models?

Cloud/On-Demand Delivery Models

Source: IDC

Companies Analyzed

IDC's IaaS and Hosting Infrastructure Services research examines the ways in which various types of service providers position themselves in the hosting/cloud market. This service reviews the strategies, market opportunity, competitive differentiation, value proposition development, and future direction of key market players, including:

Akamai, Amazon Web Services, AT&T, CenturyLink-Savvis, CSC, Equinix, Go Daddy, Google, HP, IBM Global Services, Internap, Level 3, Microsoft, NaviSite–Time Warner Cable, Rackspace, SoftLayer, Sungard, Verio, and Verizon-Terremark.

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Meet the Experts
Melanie Posey
Research Vice President, Hosting & Managed Network Services