The market for cloud-based IT Infrastructure services is rising substantially. A recent study from Synergy Research Group found that Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions are gaining a more prominent place in the broad cloud market, as are Platform-as-a-Service systems, contributing to considerable gains in the sector.
Considering the rise of IaaS
When cloud computing initially came to prominence, Software-as-a-Service took an early lead as the fastest-growing portion in the market. SaaS headlined the evolution of cloud computing and helped organizations get their feet wet with the technology. Initially, SaaS held a completely dominant place in the market, though experts often predicted that IaaS would gain steam fairly soon. PaaS would also rise, though not as quickly as IaaS. That period may have arrived, as revenues for IaaS and PaaS systems reached more than $2.7 billion in the first half of 2012, a 65 percent year-over-year increase.
Jeremy Duke, founder and chief analyst for Synergy Research Group, explained that the move toward IaaS and PaaS solutions represents a major shift in the data center services industry as a whole.
"We are in the early days of a profound shift in the data center market towards cloud infrastructure services, which presents extremely exciting growth opportunities for emerging cloud providers and traditional service providers the world over," said Duke.
The study also found that IaaS solutions continue to grow quickly. This is especially true as the managed hosting sector turns to cloud-based plans that feature robust performance capabilities. This will likely lead to growth in IaaS in the form of cloud managed hosting plans.
Considering IaaS for development
One of the best places to use IT Infrastructure solutions is in DevOps. Development and testing can be extremely challenging for businesses because DevOps teams depend heavily on server systems to support application test processes. This means that it is common to frequently swing from having a significant number of servers running to only needing a few, leading to cost-related challenges. IaaS cloud plans overcome this challenge through pay-per-use financial models that allow for flexibility and scalability in the IT setup.
Using the cloud to support DevOps is particularly important as organizations face major challenges managing budgets in a tight economy, but depend on DevOps to foster application innovation. Using the cloud resolves many of the economic struggles associated with DevOps and enables organizations to accelerate development and testing processes.