Gartner: Half of PaaS services now cloud-only

08 Mar 2019

A new Gartner report, “Platform as a Service: Definition, Taxonomy and Vendor Landscape, 2019” revealed that 48% of 550 PaaS offerings are cloud-only. Not a single vendor has a foothold across all 21 segments, and 90% of them only operate within a single PaaS market segment.

“Business and technology leaders are shifting to strategic investment in cloud computing,” said Yefim Natis, research vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “Cloud computing is one of the key disruptive forces in IT markets that is gaining mainstream trust.”

Natis commented that although many organizations anticipate long-term retention of on-premises computing, the vendors of nearly half of the cloud platform offerings bet on the prevailing growth of cloud deployments and chose the more modern and more efficient cloud-only delivery of their capabilities.

Gartner predicts that enterprise IT spending for cloud-based offerings will surpass spending on non-cloud IT offerings by 2022. The analyst forecasts total PaaS market revenue to reach $20 billion in 2019, and to exceed $34 billion in 2022.

In this shift to the cloud, database and application platform services represent the largest market segments, with blockchain, digital experience, serverless and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) platform services as the newest.

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