New Cloud Taxonomy

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New Cloud Taxonomy

It is barely day two in the cloud. Cloud adoption is moving beyond the use of public Infrastructure-as-a-service offerings. The cloud marketplace has plenty of momentous events occurring regularly. The outlook for innovation is high, with new opportunities –roles, partnerships, value activities- emerging everywhere while existing segments and roles merge.

With the cloud evolving rapidly, the OPTIMIS business team looked at the broader cloud marketplace and generated a new market facing cloud taxonomy (OPTIMIS report: Cloud Ecosystem: Taxonomy and Value Networks). The main building blocks of this cloud taxonomy are Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Software Infrastructure-as-a-service (SIaaS), Software-as-a-service (SaaS) and Cloud services. All identified segments (and sub-segments) come with a definition and an extensive list of vendors -their products and primary customer focus- to reinforce the relevance of the respective category.

This report also analyzes some typical and potential value networks and shows how the different segments and sub-segments fit together and create value for the participants in the cloud market. The statements are supported by sample company profiles and case studies.

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