In our last research brief on cloud computing, we presented VC activity trends in the entire sector. Now, breaking down cloud computing to its three categories, we can see in the charts below that software-as-a-service (SaaS) has maintained a significant lead over infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS).
Over the last ten quarters, SaaS has averaged $482 million from 37 deals per quarter, compared to $105 million from 10 deals for IaaS and $62 million from 7 deals for PaaS. Q2 2012 was an especially strong quarter for SaaS, as VC’s poured in $873 million in 41 deals. This continues the trend of SaaS not only raking in the most deals and dollars, but also receiving more dollars per deal than IaaS or PaaS.