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IDC names leaders in Canada’s hybrid cloud service market


November 26, 2015  


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International Data Corporation (IDC) Canada has released a new IDC MarketScape report profiling the leading vendors in the Canadian hybrid cloud market.

IDC MarketScape: Canadian Hybrid Cloud Services 2015 Vendor Assessment is the fourth IDC MarketScape in a series covering the infrastructure based cloud computing market in Canada. It was driven by market demand to understand vendor capabilities, as buyers look to expand their use of cloud computing, and integrate cloud and onsite technologies.

“Hybrid cloud services are a continuum of offerings, from relatively simple to complex, multi-cloud environments and from managed to self-managed cloud, with a variety of automation and orchestration choices,” the research firm said.

The report assesses 13 of the largest Canadian hybrid cloud service providers, and offers valuable guidance when examining potential solutions providers and planning future strategic investment opportunities.

IDC Canada reports that:

* Telus, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and IBM earned the distinction of placing in the Leaders category.

* Nine vendors were positioned within the Major Players category. They include: CGI, Cogeco Peer 1, Cisco, Fujitsu, Sungard, LongView, OnX, CenturyLink and TeraGo.

* There is a range in definitions and maturity of buyers and vendors in the hybrid cloud space. By their sheer size, hyperscale providers are pervasive. These cloud-centric vendors are also driving the evolution of technologies and tools, the channel, and cloud ecosystem.

* The hyperscale offerings are innovative and feature rich. They were predominately designed for companies to run their own cloud environment. Not all companies want to manage IT going forward. IDC sees a tremendous market opportunity for managed hybrid services.

“The market for cloud services is quickly shifting from isolated infrastructure-based solutions for developing applications and content delivery, to platforms that integrate onsite, public, and private infrastructure as a service (IaaS),” says Mark Schrutt, research vice president, services and enterprise applications at IDC Canada.

“As the market is transitioning, buyers are embarking on a maturity curve. Vendors can also be placed on a similar continuum, where they range in offering simple integration of their own solutions, to enabling full interoperability and tools to manage these complex environments.”