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IDC profiles top players in Canadian IaaS market

International Data Corporation Canada (IDC Canada) recently released its 2013 IDC MarketScape report profiling and ranking the leading public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) vendors active in the Canadian market.


June 20, 2013  


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International Data Corporation Canada (IDC Canada) recently released its 2013 IDC MarketScape report profiling and ranking the leading public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) vendors active in the Canadian market.

Vendors analyzed (in alphabetical order) include AWS, Bell, BLACKIRON, CSC, Cogeco, HP, IBM, Microsoft, OnX, RackForce, Savvis and Telus.

IDC forecasts that the IaaS market will grow by more than a 50% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next four years, and will be valued at more than $250 million by 2016. The traditional outsourcing model, on the other hand, is projected to peak by 2015 and thereafter gradually decline.

Key highlights of the study include:

* The ability to fund massive data centre facilities and scale compute and storage resources are key to success. Scale was a critical criterion in the IDC MarketScape and was balanced against more traditional factors such as consulting, integration and ongoing support.

* Most Canadian-based IaaS providers are leaning toward a managed, virtual private IaaS model. IDC believes vendors need to expand their IaaS portfolio to include self-serve, on-demand access to infrastructure resources to better match customer demands.

* While 60% of buyers preferred to have IaaS delivered from within Canadian borders, buying in-Canada solutions ranked unusually low on the list of factors.

“The good news for traditional outsourcers is that while these alternative models will cannibalize some traditional business, they will more dramatically expand the way in which services are delivered and the market for those services,” said Mark Schrutt, director of services and enterprise applications with the research firm. “In many cases, it will be the larger Canadian IT service vendors that will be providing services such as cloud.”