IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions, today released excerpts from its new Cloud IT Infrastructure Service Provider Scorecard, which profiles and analyzes the top seven revenue producers for cloud IT infrastructure services: Amazon (AWS), CenturyLink, Equinix, Google, IBM, Microsoft (Azure) and Rackspace.
The Scorecard evaluates the leading off-premises cloud IT infrastructure service providers on criteria using concrete data and metrics, including direct feedback from buyers, provider market share, market share momentum, financials, brand recognition, reputation for innovation and other benchmarks. Providers are classified as leader, established or challenger depending on their overall score.
For 2016, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft received the leader designation for cloud IT infrastructure services, while CenturyLink, Equinix and Rackspace were identified as established players.
“Leadership in the cloud IT infrastructure services market requires very strong in-house software development skills, and all the leaders in our Scorecard have a long history of innovation. This is not expected to change moving forward,” said Cliff Grossner, senior research director, data center, cloud and SDN, at IHS Markit.
“Established players, meanwhile, are able to leverage an existing services client base to which they can offer operational efficiencies. Although they have lower market momentum than the leaders, their significant presence indicates strong adoption of their solutions,” Grossner said.
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).