Alibaba cracks top five global cloud market share tally

Alibaba company offices in Hangzhou, China
Pictured: Alibaba company offices in Hangzhou, China. Image: Michael Kan/IDGNS

Synergy list shows AWS, Microsoft still on top



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5 February 2018 | 0

Following 104% growth in cloud revenue in Q4, Alibaba has entered the top five cloud infrastructure services market share, according to Synergy Research Group.

According to financial results announced on 1 February, Alibaba’s revenue from cloud was $553 million for the fourth quarter of the 2017 calendar year.

The result left Alibaba to gained 1% in global market share, bringing it into the fifth position on Synergy’s list, after longtime cloud leaders such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft.

For the purposes of the tally, Synergy considers infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and hosted private cloud for the purpose of the cloud infrastructure services market share.

There were no significant surprises regarding the top four, with AWS maintaining its leadership claiming more than 30% market share. According to Synergy, AWS’ revenues exceeded the next four competitors combined.

AWS’ latest financial figures for the fourth quarter ending 31 December 2017, showed a 44.6%t year-on-year revenue increase delivering over $5.1 billion in revenue. The results represent half a per cent increase in its cloud market share.

Microsoft showed the most significant increase gaining extra 3% market share. According to the company’s financials, the cloud segment grew 15.3 % to $7.8 billion. Microsoft revealed that the Azure business alone grew 98% in the fourth quarter of 2017.

The third largest cloud provider continues to be IBM, which lost half a per cent market share in the last quarter. IBM’s cloud business grew 30% in the quarter to $5.5 billion.

Synergy has estimated that cloud infrastructure service revenues for 2017 have grown 44% from the previous year. Public IaaS and PaaS services account for the majority of the market and showed a 50% growth in Q4.

The top five providers have control of almost three quarters of the public cloud market.

According to the data collected by Synergy, spend on cloud infrastructure services grew 46% from the final quarter of 2016.

“We fully expected a year-end boost in cloud growth rates but the numbers came in a little stronger than anticipated, which says a lot about just how robust are the market drivers,” Synergy Research Group chief analyst and research director, John Dinsdale, said.

“As demand for cloud services blossoms, the leading cloud providers all have things to be pleased about and they are setting a fierce pace that most chasing companies cannot match.

“Smaller companies can still do well by focusing on specific applications, industry verticals or geographies, but overall this is a game that can only be played by companies with big ambitions, big wallets and a determined corporate focus.”

The providers that followed Alibaba in the list included Fujitsu, NTT, Oracle, Rackspace, Tencent and Salesforce.

IDG News Service

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