We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

IBM tops Cloud provider report

Vendor scores highly for support, billing models

Australian ICT research firm, Longhaus, has dubbed IBM as the most trusted infrastructure-as-a-service Cloud provider in its new report on the Cloud market.

The vendor also took out top spot in last year's Cloud provider report. Longhaus managing director, Peter Carr, said in a statement that IBM was an "exemplar" of a Cloud provider for enterprise customers with no minimum commitment and support for a variety of billing models.

"IBM's smart Cloud enterprise is established in six Cloud data centres globally, including two onshore Australian centres, enabling clients to run workloads across any centre of choice," he said.

Cloud providers Wipro, Datacom, Emantra and Fujitsu rounded out the top five.

Longhaus also gave a rising star award to Darwin based provider, Area9, which has grown quickly as a direct result of the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout.

"With the arrival of dual network providers the business is now rapidly expanding," said Carr.

"Area9 has a predominant Northern Australia focus including the Northern Territory and Northern Queensland but it could potentially deliver footprint capability into South East Asia."

The report also found that while the Australian Cloud market was maturing, 30 per cent of providers experienced a service outage in the past 12 months.

Longhaus senior research director, Scott Stewart, said in a statement that adequate scale also remains elusive in the local market which is making it difficult for many providers to keep pace. "For example, 43 per cent of providers are demanding minimum terms from their clients.

One trend noted in the report was business-as-a-service; for example, where an airline pays its Cloud provider on for each suitcase processed through the entire baggage handling system.

"This is game-changing and takes the challenge of consumption-based pricing to a whole new level," Stewart said. "It epitomises the true transition from operational to capital expense in IT "

Another trend in the report is the identification of a new market where pure-play infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers such as Amazon are enabling a pool of non-Cloud professional services companies including KPMG, Accenture and Deloitte to now deliver Cloud services.

"This will add a completely new dimension to the category and place market-leader challenges on the incumbents. It means 'watch out IBM, Wipro, Fujitsu, CSC and others, your competitive landscape is rapidly shifting ground."'

Follow Hamish Barwick on Twitter: @HamishBarwick

Follow Computerworld Australia on Twitter: @ComputerworldAU

IDG UK Sites

Best camera phone of 2015: iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G4 vs Galaxy S6 vs One M9 vs Nexus 6

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

Why we should reserve judgement on Apple ditching Helvetica in OS X/iOS for the Apple Watch's San...

IDG UK Sites

Retina 3.3GHz iMac 27in preview: Apple cuts £400 of price of Retina iMac with new model