SharePoint IaaS is Trending!
I’m writing this blog in Orlando as Gartner’s 2013 Symposium IT Xpo wraps up. The Xpo is billed as the world’s largest gathering of CIOs and IT executives. (3,000 and 5,000 respectively.) Yes, there is some serious geek power here and with Gartner’s insight, it has been quite a week. Both SharePoint and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) were discussed and analyzed in depth and the results are rather interesting.
Let’s take a look at what your peers are saying and doing about SharePoint IaaS.
Growing and Growing
According to Gartner, IaaS will continue to be the fastest growing segment of Cloud services consumed by Enterprises through 2016. The other two major segments are Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).
Here are the Gartner stats on enterprises using IaaS:
- 2013 – 24%
- 2014 – 32%
- 2015 – 43%
- 2016 – 54%
60% of IaaS is consumed by enterprises in North America and 25% of enterprises in Europe.
The growth of SharePoint IaaS makes sense. Once you commit to upgrading SharePoint to a new version, your next decision is to refresh the architecture or go Cloud and IaaS. So why are so many going SharePoint IaaS now or planning on going there in the next few years?
The First Step to Cloud
IaaS is the easiest way to dip your toe in the Cloud water. It’s a simple fact now that was discussed in every Gartner session I attended – no Enterprise can run as efficiently as a Cloud provider can with respect to reliability, security and performance. IaaS means big benefits for Hosted SharePoint. Economically speaking, there is some outright cash savings in IaaS for you, but the real major economic benefit comes from not having to outlay all the cash and moving from capex to opex. The other major benefit is agility. Being able to forget about the hardware layer frees up your SharePoint admins to do better things. You can move faster without the burden of watching racks of servers for red lights.
The largest IaaS player by far right now is Amazon Web Services (AWS) with 35% market share followed by Salesforce, Microsoft and IBM each with about 5% of the IaaS market.
2013 IaaS Market Share Leaders:
- Amazon (AWS) – 35%
- Salesforce (Force) – 5%
- Microsoft (Azure) – 5%
- IBM (Softlayer) – 5%
SharePoint VMs – Yes, May I Have Another
You can spin up Virtual Machines (VMs) on any of the IaaS providers and all of the SharePoint IaaS folks including AWS, Azure, Rackspace and Fpweb.net have SharePoint VM images available for fast, easy deployment. You can do development and full production SharePoint farms on any of the providers above. They will all do a much better job of setting up and maintaining SharePoint infrastructure than your IT department can.
Need More? You May Want to PaaS
Once you’ve had a taste of SharePoint IaaS, you may ask what else can the Cloud do for me? What’s the next step? Well, you may want to PaaS. SharePoint Platform as a Service (PaaS) that is. SharePoint PaaS is even more powerful and important to your company than SharePoint IaaS. Stay tuned to continue your evolution to SharePoint hero and IT game changer.