Market leaders run away with cloud market in Q2

31 July 2017 | James Pearce


Figures from Synergy Research Group have revealed that the four leading cloud providers – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, IBM and Google – continued to grow market share in Q2 2017.

Synergy Q2 2017

Microsoft and Google – who hold an 11% and 5% share respectively – almost double their quarterly revenues year-on-year, whilst also increasing market share.

AWS continues to dominate the hyperscale cloud sector, according to SRG, with 34% of the market and revenue growth of over $1.2 billion over the last four quarters.

IBM is in third, with an 8% share of the growing market. Overall, Synergy estimates that quarterly cloud infrastructure services revenue have reached almost $11 billion, more than 40% higher than last year.

Beyond the top four vendors, the next 10 have seen their combined share fall by around 1% to 19% of the market over the last year. That list of vendors includes the likes of Alibaba and Oracle who also achieved positive growth rates, the research found.

AWS, Microsoft and Google are the lead providers in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS), IBM continues to lead in hosted private cloud, where Rackspace and some traditional IT service providers also feature more prominently.

“The increasing dominance of hyperscale players continues to play out, with all four leading companies having cause to celebrate,” said John Dinsdale, a chief analyst and research director at Synergy Research Group. 

“While Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform are doubling in size, IBM continues to dominate in hosted private cloud and AWS is still over three times the size of its nearest competitor. Some of the numbers are actually pretty spectacular.”