Gartner Research

Market Trends: The Convergence of IaaS and PaaS Cloud Services

Published: 15 November 2016

ID: G00314372

Analyst(s): Craig Lowery , Mike Dorosh


The accelerating convergence of IaaS and PaaS into a service model combining the two will disrupt existing markets. Technology strategic planners must understand the opportunities and threats from delivering and consuming cloud services through these historically distinct offerings.

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Market Trend

  • The Market Is De-emphasizing IaaS and aPaaS in Favor of Converged IaaS+PaaS Offerings
  • Market Structure Trend
    • The Market Is Becoming Oligopolistic
  • Buyer Trend
    • Buyers Value the IaaS+PaaS Model and Are Becoming More Accepting of Lock-In
  • Technology Trend
    • Technology Evolution Is Shifting From Up the Stack to Across Domains

Contrarian View

  • If a Serious Cloud Provider Failure Occurs, These Trends Change
  • Fewer Providers Could Lead to Price Increases, Driving Customers to Demand More Open Offerings

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