Surprised? Cloud providers bring in $2B in first quarter


Gigaom

Given all the hoopla surrounding cloud computing it, it’s not surprising that revenue from cloud services is growing. Total worldwide revenue from top Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service players hit $2 billion for the first quarter of 2013. That’s up a healthy 56 percent from the year ago period, according to Synergy Research Group.

These numbers factor in AWS and Amazon’s Elastic Beanstalk on the PaaS side; Google App Engine; IBM’s SmartCloud and SmartCloud Application Services; Microsoft Azure and Cloud Services for Windows Azure; Salesforce.com’s Heroku and Force.com (but not its bigger Software-as-a-Service applications business.)

Key takeaways:

  • Amazon(S amzn) Web Services remains alone atop the heap with  27 percent of total IaaS and PaaS revenue in Q1, up from 24.7 percent for the year-ago period.
  • Salesforce.com(s crm) is second largest but it’s revenue share decline year over year to 6.8 percent from 7.9 percent.
  • North America accounts for more than half the…

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