Global cloud infrastructure revenues hit $12.8bn in Q4 of 2017

03 April 2018 | Natalie Bannerman


Figures from the International Data Corporation (IDC) show that revenue from infrastructure products has increased by 27.3% year-on-year (YoY) totalling $12.8 billion in Q4 of 2017.

The findings were published in IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, the report monitors infrastructure products such as: servers, storage, and Ethernet switches for public and private cloud. Included in the report is the full year combined public and private cloud deployments reached which reached $43.4 billion for a total of 21.7% YoY growth.

"2017 finished strong for public cloud IT infrastructure growth, led by continued expansion by Amazon and renewed growth in Google and Facebook infrastructure," said Kuba Stolarski, research director for computing platforms at IDC. "While there has been high growth in all IT infrastructure segments lately, public cloud, led by the hyperscalers, has resulted in the largest share of infrastructure growth, which is expected to continue at this pace for at least a few more quarters."

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In addition, public cloud infrastructure almost doubled over the last two years reaching $8.5 billion growing by 34% YoY. Private cloud $4.3 billion for annual growth of 15.7%. Between 2013 and 2017 global IT infrastructure more than doubled. Public and private cloud revenues now account for roughly 42.2% of the total global IT infrastructure spend, up from 39.9% from the previous year. As for traditional non-cloud infrastructure revenue grew 12.8% YoY, although it has been generally declining over the last few years. Traditional non-cloud infrastructure revenue hit $17.5 billion in Q4 2017 representing 57.8% of total worldwide IT infrastructure spending.

Regionally, Latin America and Japan grew their revenues by 6.2% and 4.8% respectively YoY, all other global regions grew their cloud IT Infrastructure revenue by double digits. Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) grew by 59% and central and eastern Europe by 34.1%, Canada 23.3%, Middle East & Africa 27.5%, USA by 21.1% and lastly western Europe grew by 16.6% YoY.

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Back in February Synergy Research Group released its figures on cloud infrastructure spend. According to its findings cloud infrastructure services jumped 46% to over $13 billion in the final quarter of 2017 YoY. The company said that the increased growth rate is due to the aggressive growth of the leading cloud providers, all of whom posted strong quarterly results.