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Infrastructure as a Service Overview

IDC's Infrastructure as a Service Overview is a program focused exclusively on the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market, technology trends, buying patterns, adoption, and use cases.


Markets and Subjects Analyzed

IaaS Storage Services

These are standardized, highly scalable storage capacity, delivered as an on-demand, pay-per-use service for ephemeral and/or persistent data storage needs. These may be used by customers alongside or for bare metal, virtualized and containerized compute services or independently. Storage services are segmented by data organization – file, object, and block storage services and available for performance or capacity-optimized use cases. Offerings may also be classified as a cold tier (cloud cold storage services), based on the price and availability characteristics of the service.

Customer Best Practices

The value potential of cloud services adoption is completely unlocked only when accompanied by the necessary organizational changes to operate in a cloud model. This includes new skill sets, new processes, and new metrics to drive operational choices. This program will deliver research analyzing business outcomes of IaaS adoption and deliver insights into best practices that maximize the alignment between cloud service adoption and business needs.

IaaS Compute Services

These are standardized, highly scalable compute resources, delivered as an on-demand, pay-per-use services. IaaS Compute Services include virtual machines, containers, or bare metal instances. Compute services are segmented by the compute environment offered by the service – virtualized x86, bare metal, and accelerated and other compute services (capturing non-x86 as well as newer cloud-native environments). Use cases of focus include traditional enterprise IT back-office applications, targeted accelerated computing solutions, and emerging edge-computing solutions.

Cloud Migration

Cloud migration is the movement of existing enterprise workloads into public cloud. While the total universe of cloud migration includes migration of applications into infrastructure, platform, and software as a service, this program focuses on migrations to IaaS. Examples of customer use cases include movement of back-office IT applications into public cloud IaaS, as well as targeted use of public cloud IaaS for specific stages of the software development life cycle.


Core Research

  • Worldwide and U.S. Public Cloud IaaS Market Shares
  • Worldwide Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Forecast
  • Adoption of IaaS Services in the Enterprise IT Environment
  • Functional ecosystems that are emerging around public cloud infrastructure services
  • Assessment of various IaaS Storage Services offerings including use case for file, block, and object storage
  • Assessment of various IaaS Compute Services offerings including use case for accelerated and non-accelerated compute instances
  • Growth of cloud cold storage services and the broader cloud cold storage ecosystem
  • Cloud migration market opportunity

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. How large is the IaaS market, and what is the outlook?
  2. Who are the key players within the IaaS market?
  3. How are customers using IaaS for workloads and deployments?
  4. What are the economic and operational advantages and considerations with the use of IaaS?
  5. What capabilities will be added to current IaaS services over the next 24 months?
  6. 6.How are customers increasing their usage of IaaS?
  7. 7.What are the top challenges when migrating workloads to cloud?

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Meet the Experts
Andrew Smith

Research Manager, Cloud Infrastructure Services

Ashish Nadkarni

Group Vice President, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group

Deepak Mohan

Research Director, Cloud Infrastructure Services