Gartner Research

Market Trends: The Convergence of IaaS and PaaS Cloud Services

Published: 31 May 2018

ID: G00346954

Analyst(s): Mike Dorosh , Brandon Medford , Craig Lowery


The accelerating convergence of IaaS and PaaS into a service model combining the two is disrupting existing markets. Technology product management leaders must respond to 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 Isolated Services in Favor of Converged IaaS+PaaS Environments
  • Market Structure Trend
    • The Market Is Becoming Oligopolistic
  • Buyer Trend
    • Buyers Value the Continuum of Services and Are Less Dedicated to Portability
  • Technology Trend
    • Technology Evolution Is Shifting From Up the Stack to Across Domains

Contrarian View

  • If a Catastrophic Cloud Provider Failure Occurs, New Trends Will Emerge
  • Fewer Providers Could Lead to Price Increases, Driving Customers to Demand More Open Offerings

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