AWS Dominates IT Pro Voting
Amazon Web Services (AWS) was selected as Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support, and Innovation Leader for all 14 IaaS product categories.
Azure and IBM Perceived as Best of the Rest
Microsoft Azure was chosen runner-up for Market Leader in 8 product categories. IBM Cloud placed second in 3 service categories.
Respect Shown for On-Premises Leaders Offering Services
NetApp places second in various brand leader categories for SSD and Block Storage. VMware places third in some brand leader categories for Virtual Servers-as-a-Service.
Category Where AWS was Most Dominant
The Biggest Spread Between First and Second Place is in the Object Storage-as-a-Service Market Leader category where the spread between AWS and Azure is 41%
Category Where Competition was Closest to AWS
Microsoft Azure closing in on AWS for Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service Market Leader, trailing by only 7% in IT Pro voting.
About the Survey
The 2018 IaaS brand leader surveys cover fourteen Infrastructure-as-a-Service products. The survey report includes the results of IT Pro voting for six categories of brand leadership for each service: Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation.
- Auto Scaling-as-a-Service: Lets you automatically change the number of instances providing a particular compute workload. You set defined metric and thresholds that determine if the platform adds or removes instances.
- Backup & Restore-as-a-Service: Backup and archival solutions allow files and folders to be backed up and recovered from the cloud, and provide off-site protection against data loss. There are two components of backup—the software service that orchestrates backup/retrieval and the underlying backup storage infrastructure.
- Batch Computing-as-a-Service: Run large-scale parallel and high-performance computing applications efficiently in the cloud.
- Block Storage-as-a-Service: Data stored in volumes and blocks, where files are split into evenly sized blocks. Each block has its own address, but unlike objects they do not have metadata.
- Bulk Data Transfer-as-a-Service: A data transport solution that uses secure disks and appliances to transfer large amounts of data. Also offers data protection during transit.
- Cold Storage-as-a-Service: Cold storage is a lower cost tier for storing data that is infrequently accessed and long-lived.
- Containers-as-a-Service: Quickly deploy a production ready Kubernetes, DC/OS, or Docker Swarm cluster.
- Dedicated Servers-as-a-Service: Instances that run on hardware that’s dedicated to a single customer.
- Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service: Automates protection and replication of virtual machines. Offers health monitoring, recovery plans, and recovery plan testing.
- File Storage-as-a-Service: Provides a simple interface to create and configure file systems quickly, and share common files. It’s shared file storage without the need for a supporting virtual machine, and can be used with traditional protocols that access files over a network.
- Object Storage-as-a-Service: Object storage service, for use cases including cloud applications, content distribution, backup, archiving, disaster recovery, and big data analytics.
- Serverless-as-a-Service: Integrate systems and run back end processes in response to events or schedules without provisioning or managing servers.
- SSD-as-a-Service: High performance SSD storage.
- Virtual Servers-as-a-Service: Virtual servers allow users to deploy, manage, and maintain OS and server software. Instance types provide combinations of CPU/RAM. Users pay for what they use with the flexibility to change sizes.