Cloud services provider Skytap announced that its customers have used its Skytap Cloud service to launch more than 1 million virtual machines.
what may be a definitive sign that cloud services are here to stay, cloud services
provider Skytap has announced that its customers have provisioned more than 1 million
virtual machines on Skytap Cloud, the company's hosted infrastructure offering.
primary offering, which the company classifies as a hybrid cloud, is designed
to provide end users with the ability to quickly create cloud-based virtual
environments using self-service tools and automated procedures. The virtual
environments can be configured to provide applications, networking,
collaboration capabilities and other capabilities to allow businesses of any
size to create ad hoc desktop and network services with little or no support
from IT staffers.
a conference call, Brett Goodwin, vice president of marketing and business
development at Skytap, said, "Enterprise demand for simple and secure
cloud computing has accelerated over the past year, and it's clear the market
is poised for rapid growth as we head into 2012."
this claim of more 1 million provisioned virtual machines, Skytap is poised to
become a major player in the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market.
However, Skytap is far from alone, at least when it comes to IaaS and desktops
as a service (DaaS); several other companies are either ramping up or currently
offering both IaaS and DaaS to growing customer bases. Those potential
competitors include Desktone, Vyatta, Integral Networks, Virtual Computer and
so, Skytap is bullish on its success and confident in its market space. "Launching
over 1 million virtual machines is a testament to the success and tremendous
business value that our customers derive from their use of Skytap Cloud," Goodwin
DaaS and IaaS markets are poised for rapid growth, especially when one
considers how popular user state virtualization is as a subset of the
technology. The 451Group, an industry research firm, is predicting that the
user state virtualization market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of
61 percent through 2014.
potential growth of the market is further indicated by a recent study from ABI
Research, which states that the worldwide market for such hosted virtual
desktops is forecast to grow from about $500 million in 2009 to a cumulative
total of nearly $5 billion in 2016. North America and Europe will make up the
majority of the market for virtual desktops throughout the forecast period.
Skytap's achievement is impressive, it may only be the tip of the iceberg for a
market that is primed for growth.