Amazon (AWS) is leading the IaaS/PaaS market, despite Microsoft, Google and IBM exceeding its growth rate in the fourth quarter of 2013.
New Q4 data from Synergy Research Group noted that the three global IT giants are making a major push in cloud infrastructure services.
Microsoft and IBM almost doubled their IaaS/PaaS revenues in Q4 of 2013 over the fourth quarter of 2012. But in a total market that grew by 52 percent, Amazon grew by 65 percent and increased its worldwide market share to over 30 percent.
With most of the major operators having now released their earnings data for Q4, Synergy estimates that IaaS/PaaS quarterly revenue reached the $3 billion milestone, with full-year 2013 revenues falling just short of $10 billion.
Total AWS revenues exceeded $1 billion in the final quarter and were well over $3 billion for the full year, with the great majority of that resulting from its IaaS and PaaS offerings.
IBM and Microsoft can also point to impressively large cloud revenues, but much of those revenues come from software, private cloud services, cloud-related hardware products and associated professional and technical services.
Infonetics Research on Saturday said among its North American enterprise survey respondents, the top drivers for cloud adoption are performance, agility, scalability, and cost reduction.
Enterprises’ mix of cloud services is changing: Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and cloud-as-a-service (CaaS) have the largest increases in adoption between 2013 and 2015.