back to article Alibaba beats Google for IaaS market share, with IBM out of sight

Google is the world's number four infrastructure-as-a-service vendor, according to analyst outfit Gartner's first ever attempt at calculating market share in the field. The infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market is growing like a weed: it hauled US$22.1 billion through the door in calendar 2016, up from $16.8 billion in …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Thanks for this, I'll look forward to showing it to the Oracle sales rep next time we meet.

  2. Dr Who

    The next big thing

    Massive Infrastructure as a Service or MIaaS

    1. Naselus

      Re: The next big thing

      I was at a conference the other day, and several people were looking to get deep into MIaaS.

      1. joeW

        Re: The next big thing

        Which conference was this?

        Asking for a friend....

        1. Naselus

          Re: The next big thing

          I can't remember the name, but I can definitely tell you MIaaS was the biggest thing there. Dozens of major companies were just begging to pour resources into MIaaS.

          MIaaS is clearly already huge, but is only going to get bigger in the next few years.

          1. Mark 110

            Re: The next big thing

            Have you considered lube?

  3. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "Gartner's first ever attempt at calculating market share in the field."

    Remind me again, who do they rank as the world's best security consultants?

    1. temporial

      :) was going to ask the same question.

      You made my day.

  4. msknight

    "Alibaba's strong showing reflects its dominance in China, Gartner says, "

    No kidding! Who'd have thunk it.

  5. Cheesenough

    Fishy figures

    Those figures from Google strike me as a touch too "round" and make me suspicous. The original Gartner press release is the same.

    Gartner: Can you tell me how much business your IaaS division is doing?

    Google: Er...[makes tapping noise on calculator]...we're doing more than we did last year!

    Gartner: And how much is that exactly?

    Google: Er...I'm sure

    Gartner: There's a free set of steak knives in it for you, if you give me an actual number.

    Google: We're behind Microsoft, and ahead of Rackspace, aren't we?

    Gartner: You have to tell me...

    Google: Ok...ok...FFFFFFour...hundred...

    Gartner: 400, that put's you behind Rackspace?...

    Google: No! What meant to say is 400 is what we are year to date, I mean 500...

    Gartner: Yes, you've pipped in ahead of Rackspace

    Google: Get in! ... and we're 3rd now aren't we?

    Gartner: No Alibaba beat both you and Rackspace. [Put's down phone]

    Google: Fuck! No wait, It's 600! ... its 600! ...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Fishy figures

      You're on the money. For a Gartner MQ, vendors to put forward their sales figures with little or no verification. The more a vendor sponsors Gartner / pays for events and has their analysts attend their events would also 'help' too.

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