Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is the most mature of all the cloud pillars and is offered by many providers.
With IaaS, providers rent out computer hardware — servers, network technology, storage and data center space — so that organizations don’t have to buy it and install it in their own data centers. Customers can provision the infrastructure themselves through an interface that serves as an IT operations management console.
IaaS has bolstered its credentials and momentum over the past few years, and many more enterprises are expected to migrate to the cloud as they realize that the myriad benefits outweigh any limitations. As we move forward, the industry will concentrate on improving cybersecurity, performance, data migration and management.
Not only will we see new enterprises adopting IaaS, but we will also see new players jumping into IaaS service provider roles (at first, mainly in niche and regional arenas). We’ll also see existing players getting more aggressive with regard to IaaS and Platform as a Service (PaaS).
IDC predicts that by 2020 the top five cloud players will control at least 75 percent of combined IaaS and PaaS market share (compared with market share of 52 percent in 2015.
This clearly indicates consolidation, standardization and maturity in the marketplace that will simplify procurement decisions by making comparisons easier and service experiences more consistent. Also, we can expect more data centers to crop up across the globe from these service providers.
Case in point: Oracle has aggressively promoted its IaaS business. It also recently:
- Reaffirmed its commitment to open-source and non-Oracle software on its IaaS. This is growing as Oracle completes certification of more options.
- Added data security enhancements that Oracle claims are unique in the industry.
- Introduced Oracle Cloud at Customer, an option unique to Oracle, for customers that cannot move their production environments outside of their firewall but want to enjoy other benefits of cloudification.
Of significance to the Middle East and African (MEA) regions, Oracle unveiled a new data center in Abu Dhabi, a very interesting development, especially with existing Oracle customers in the region.
In summary, providers will compete further, bring in massive R&D investments, consolidate better, and develop offerings and consistency that will make it easier for buyers than ever before.
Mohammed Ali Khan, also known as Ali, serves the Solution Sales Advisor role in CSC. He is well versed in the processes, methodologies and technologies used in transformational initiatives around applications and infrastructure. Ali delivers guidance in digital transformation, helping enterprises implement application strategies, governance and architectures and identify technologies that help them put information to use in business processes and end user experiences. Over the past three years, Ali has also focused on cloud computing, be it SaaS, PaaS or IaaS, and has been helping clients in its adoption. Connect with him on LinkedIn.