Cloud market growth rate boosts to $33bn in 2020

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New data shows that Q3 enterprise spending on cloud infrastructure services were almost $33 billion, up 33% from the third quarter of 2019, according to Synergy Research Group.

The year-on-year growth rate for Q3 was higher than the 32% growth seen in the previous quarter, demonstrating the health of the market.

The data found that Amazon and Microsoft continue to account for over half of the worldwide market, with Amazon market share remaining at its long-standing mark of around 33%, while Microsoft’s share was over 18%.

Google, Alibaba and Tencent are all growing more rapidly than the overall market and are gaining market share, Synergy revealed. Together they account for 17% of the market.

The other cloud providers in the top ten ranking are IBM, Salesforce, Oracle, NTT and SAP. In aggregate, the top ten providers account for 80% of the worldwide market, with the remaining 20% coming from a long tail of small cloud providers or large companies with only a small position in the market. 

“While we were fully expecting continued strong growth in the market, the scale of the growth in Q3 was a little surprising,” said John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst at Synergy Research Group.

“Total revenues were up by $2.5 billion from the previous quarter causing the year-on-year growth rate to nudge upwards, which is unusual for such a large market.

“It is quite clear that COVID-19 has provided an added boost to a market that was already developing rapidly.

“Meanwhile, the companies competing for a share of the market have settled into three camps. Amazon and Microsoft are in a league of their own, while others are either aggressively seeking to grow their position in the market or are more focused on specific services, geographies or customer groupings.”

With most of the major cloud providers having now released their earnings data for Q3, Synergy estimates that quarterly cloud infrastructure service revenues (including IaaS, PaaS and hosted private cloud services) were $32.8 billion, with trailing twelve-month revenues reaching $119 billion.

The research firm also found that Public IaaS and PaaS services account for the bulk of the market and those grew by 35% in Q3.