Business information provider IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) today released top-line results from its latest “ Cloud IT Infrastructure Service Provider Scorecard ,” which is based on in-depth analysis of seven leading off-premises cloud IT service providers: Amazon (AWS), Google, IBM, Microsoft (Azure), Alibaba, Salesforce and CenturyLink.
IHS Markit evaluated these service providers on select criteria including direct feedback from buyers, provider market share, market share momentum, financials, brand recognition, reputation for innovation and other benchmarks. Based on their overall scores, providers were classified as “leader,” “established” or “challenger.” The off-premises cloud service market segments analyzed for this scorecard include infrastructure as a service (IaaS), cloud as a service (CaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS).
For 2018, Alibaba, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft earned “leader” rankings for cloud IT infrastructure services. CenturyLink was identified as an “established” player and Salesforce was categorized as a “challenger”.
“Leadership in the cloud IT infrastructure services market requires a diverse portfolio, and all of the leaders have strong brand awareness and a reputation of innovation,” said Devan Adams, principal analyst, cloud and data center research practice, IHS Markit . “Established players can leverage an existing service client base and offer extensive network infrastructure. However, in most cases they lack market momentum. Challengers, by comparison, boast an innovative services portfolio and strong market share momentum, but they have limited offerings or market presence.”
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