SaaS the most popular public cloud option

Research from analyst house METISfiles indicates that SaaS is the most popular public cloud option in the UK ahead of IaaS or PaaS options

When it comes to public cloud the most popular option being  delivered to customers is Software as a Service with the majority of UK hosted specialists delivering it ahead of infrastructure or platform as a service.

An insight into the market from analyst firm METISfiles has surveyed the UK cloud provider market finding 191 providers with 71% offering SaaS, 25% IaaS and 4% providing PaaS.

In the SaaS segment the most popular is communications, followed by CRM, online workspace, finance/ERP, HRM and collaboration. There were also services including document management and risk management that were being delivered by some in the channel.

Just shy of half of those delivering infrastructure as a service also offered workspace or communications solutions and those categories were identified by the analyst house as an area for further development.

"We expect IaaS, Online Workspace and Communication offerings to merge into a broader infrastructure category in the future” says METISfiles analyst Pim Bilderbeek.

“We also expect the number of UK cloud providers to grow as an increasing number of businesses is embracing public cloud solutions," he added.

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