Alibaba joins Microsoft and AWS as leaders in China cloud market

ForresterThe public cloud market in China will more than double in the next five years, from US$1.8 billion this year to US$3.8 billion in 2020, according to Forrester.

Two-thirds of Chinese software decision-makers surveyed by Forrester are making increased use of public cloud platforms a top priority over the next 12 months.

Enterprise public cloud platform vendors in China are improving in terms of their service diversity, simple abstraction for operational efficiency, and operational autonomy for on-demand elasticity. Forrester has evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of 11 cloud vendors Alibaba, AWS, ChinaC, DaoCloud, JD.com, Microsoft, MoPaaS, QingCloud, Tencent, UCloud, and UnitedStack.

Leading the pack are Alibaba, Microsoft and AWS. All three have strong market leadership due to their extensive breadth of platform and application services, broad language support, strong security controls, and outstanding reliability. Alibaba has the largest number of ecosystems — technology partners, software-as-a-service (SaaS) partners, and consulting partners — in China; while AWS and Microsoft have the strongest product strategy due to their focus on the user experience and blending of infrastructure and platform-based services.

Tencent did well on many of the major criteria, especially breadth of service and storage, but was not as strong or consistent as the Leaders. QingCloud provides competitive IaaS solutions for public, private, and hybrid cloud deployment scenarios but lacks ALM coverage and certifications. MoPaaS, the first member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation in China, has strong infrastructure abstraction capabilities and good coverage of platform and application services, but its support for features like platform configuration and development and testing tools is limited.

China-based vendors ChinaC, UnitedStack, UCloud, JD.com, and DaoCloud lack complete offerings. ChinaC has good reliability due to its data centers across China, but some key features, such as autoscaling, are still in beta. UCloud has broad storage support and good platform configuration features but lacks ALM coverage, especially development and testing tools. JD.com has good monitoring and application deployment support, but its language support and infrastructure abstraction capabilities are limited. UnitedStack has a strong product strategy for local vendors but few partners and little experience.

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