Forrester: Public Cloud Growth to Surge, Especially SaaS
Long after the buzz about Amazon's two-day cloud outage dies down, the public cloud will be a growth trajectory. Here's Forrester Research's take on how the IaaS, PaaS and SaaS cloud models will shake out over the next 10 years and who the key cloud vendors will be.
Tue, April 26, 2011
These are: IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service).
Overall, Forrester's report, "Sizing the Cloud", predicts that the global market for cloud computing — including the public cloud, the private cloud and the virtual private cloud — will leap from $40.7 billion this year to more than $241 billion in 2020.
Of the total $40.7 billion, $25.5 billion comes from the public cloud. Enterprise IT directors are wary of the public cloud because it allows little customization and cloud resources are shared with thousands of other users, raising security concerns.
But despite Amazon's very public two-day outage last week, the future of the public cloud is bright, says Forrester. The highly scalable and pay-per-use public cloud model will grow to $159.3 billion of the total $241 billion cloud market in 2020, according to Forrester.
Here is a rundown of the growth potential, as stated by Forrester, and the key vendors for the three major public cloud categories.
Growth forecast: IaaS provides computing power, storage and archiving to a company with a utility pricing and delivery model. In other words, you hand over all of your IT infrastructure to a cloud provider, only pay for the cloud services you use, and potentially save a lot of money (But be sure to have a cloud outage workaround plan in place!)
But regardless of being the second largest public cloud category with a $2.9 billion market size, IaaS will taper off over the next decade as companies manage their IT infrastructure in virtual private clouds, says Forrester.
"Our analysis shows that IaaS will reach a peak of $5.9 billion in global revenues in 2014 and will then enter a period of significant commoditization, price deterioration and margin pressure," writes Forrester report authors Stefan Ried, Ph.D. and Holger Kisker, Ph.D.
"Between 2014 and 2020, as a result, the IaaS market will first stagnate and then decline, with total market revenues of $4.8 billion in 2020."
Growth forecast: PaaS is the middleware of the cloud, a place where you can design, test and deploy applications over the Web and eliminate the manual effort and cost of buying the underlying hardware, software and network capacity.
PaaS gets used in three ways: ISVs resell PaaS for newly built SaaS applications; service providers use PaaS to host apps in a virtual private cloud; or enterprise users migrate custom application development into the cloud through a PaaS model.