Amazon is the clear global market leader in providing infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to the public cloud, surpassing rivals Microsoft, Alibaba and Google.
The global audience for IaaS cloud services will reach $ 90.9 billion in 2021, representing annual growth of 41% year-over-year, from $ 64.3 billion in 2020, according to new data from IT research firm Gartner .
The four cloud giants Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Alibaba and Google Cloud accounted for 76% of the total IaaS cloud services market last year.
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Amazon gained 38.9% market share
Amazon, which is the technology arm of AWS (in English) is the global leader in cloud services, generating total revenue of $ 35.4 billion in IaaS public cloud services in 2021, representing sales growth up 35% year-over-year, from $ 26.2 billion in 2020.
The Seattle -based company won 38.9% share of the global IaaS cloud market in 2021, up from 40.8% in 2020, according to Gartner. More importantly, Amazon increased its IaaS revenue by $ 9 billion between 2020 and 2021.
Amazon has been the market share leader in the IaaS industry for several years.
No. 2 Microsoft acquires market share
Although Microsoft lags far behind Amazon in terms of global market share, the software giant gained market share in 2021 from Amazon whose market share has fallen by approximately two percentage points.
Microsoft generated approximately $ 19.2 billion in cloud revenue iaas in 2021, up 51.3% year-over-year from $ 12.6 billion in sales in 2020.
With many organizations already using Microsoft’s extensive portfolio of software and services, Azure is positioned to seize opportunities in virtually any vertical market, Gartner says.
Alibaba’s cloud stronghold in Asia-Pacific
China -based Alibaba continues to dominate the Chinese cloud market, while also positioning itself as a leading regional cloud provider in emerging markets such as Indonesia and Malaysia.
Alibaba generated $ 8.7 billion in revenue from IaaS cloud services in 2021, up 42% from $ 6.1 billion in 2020, according to Gartner.
Alibaba acquired No. 3 spots by having a 9.5% market share in IaaS public cloud services in 2021, which remained stable with the 9.5% share it acquired in 2020.
Google is growing cloud sales the fastest
Google, whose Google Cloud technology arm has big plans to gain more market share, has developed IaaS cloud services at the fastest percentage rate in the world.
Google reported $ 6.4 billion in global revenue of IaaS cloud services in 2021, up nearly 64% year-over-year from $ 3.9 billion in sales in 2020.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based search and cloud giant has seen this growth thanks to the ever-increasing use of traditional enterprise workloads as well as Google’s innovation in more advanced capabilities such as artificial intelligence and container technologies.
Google Cloud is also expanding its partner ecosystem to reach a wider customer base helping to drive sales with IaaS.
Gartner: “Cloud-native becomes core architecture for modern workloads”
Gartner’s Sid Nag said the IaaS market continues to grow “relentlessly as cloud native becomes the primary architecture for modern workloads.”
“The cloud supports the scalability and composability required by advanced technologies and applications, while enabling enterprises to meet emerging needs such as sovereignty, data integration and enhanced customer experience”, says Nag , vice president and analyst at Gartner, in a statement.
Gartner said regional cloud ecosystems are becoming increasingly important amid growing geopolitical fragmentation and emerging regulatory and compliance requirements, presenting an opportunity for vendors with a strong presence in the region.
The next phase of IaaS growth will encourage customer experience, digital results and “virtual world first,” according to Nag.
“Emerging technologies that will help companies bring experiences closer to their customers, such as metaverse, chatbots and digital twins, will require hyperscale infrastructure to meet the growing demand for computing power and storage,” he said. by Nag.