This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of infrastructure as a service through the IDC MarketScape model. The ramp up of public cloud adoption by enterprises, accompanied by steady investment in expansion of cloud services by the market leaders, has broadened the range of public cloud ecosystems for the end customer. The shift in focus from prices to ecosystem is beneficial to both providers and customers, with public cloud providers investing in differentiated ecosystems and value-added services, and end customers selecting a mix of public cloud providers for their workloads.
"While core IaaS services are starting to look similar across the market leaders, this is still a fast-evolving market with continued innovations being introduced in both compute and storage portfolios. In addition, differentiation in the ecosystem of tools and higher-layer services will continue to be a strong way in which public cloud providers differentiate and position themselves in this market." said Deepak Mohan, research director, Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service. "As enterprises look at the spectrum of options available, careful consideration of internal IT strategy, and detailed evaluation of provider portfolios, will maximize the benefits delivered to the enterprise through cloud adoption."
"With more and more choices stemming from increased competition between the major players in the cloud space, there are many good opportunities to capitalize from it. 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. Companies should take a structured comprehensive approach when developing their cloud transition strategy," states Erik Berggren, VP, Cloud Strategies at IDC.