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Cloud boom is on for real, researcher says

Researcher IHS Technology expects spending on cloud infrastructure and services to hit $174.2 billion in 2014, up 20 percent from $145.2 billion last year. Perhaps more to the point, it expects this growth rate to continue with enterprise spending on cloud to soar to $235.1 billion by 2017. That would be triple the amount spent on cloud ($78.2 billion in 2011.)

While researchers may differ on how much cloud spending will grow going forward, they all agree that it’s on the upswing — which is why IBM(s ibm), Hewlett-Packard (s hpq), Cisco(s csco), Microsoft(s msft) et al are rushing to adapt to the new model and to cloud-first upstarts like Amazon Web Services(s amzn).

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10 Responses to “Cloud boom is on for real, researcher says”

  1. Phil Donoghue

    Adoption of cloud services among the business and charity community is certainly continuing to increase, but the types of service in demand are changing. Business is looking for more mobility and flexibility for its users and the cloud services that facilitate this are going to be in more demand. Solutions including Hosted Lync, SharePoint and Exchange combined under a single login, and online file sharing along or Hosted desktops are the hybrid type services business is and will continue to adopt in greater numbers.

    Beware your provider though and don’t buy on price alone. look at service, support and real reviews or speak to existing clients when choosing your service provider. Get it right first time and you wont need to move later.

  2. Daya Puls

    I actually believe a significant catalyst to “mushrooming” of Cloud services will be Identity Management as a Service (IDaaS). Large and medium size enterprises have to maintain some type of local authentication and access control, usually Active Directory and either allow stand-alone username/password credentials for SaaS services or some type of federated identity services to use local credentials at SaaS services. As more and more enterprise applications move to SaaS the only thing left “in-house” are proprietary services, things like labs. That turns the model completely on its head. Directory, authentication, role, access and self-service in IDaaS there is then little need for on-prem servers and all the software that is needed to support them. IT becomes end-user and cloud services and IT managers are people who watch over SLAs.

  3. Jack Kiss

    I foresee transaction administration plus security problems like a dynamic One Time Password of typical Clouds services. For example, if a Commercial/Investment Bank administer Cloud Architecture per Country like Hairdresser Booking System then One Time Password is possible and possible to create rechargeable Hairdresser Card which cannot be used in electronic stores,etc. Also,you need a better numerical engine than Google’s word which is based on latitude/longitude and multiplication of real numbers parameters with MOD function checking for available services. Example, hair cut=2,washing head=3. You will have =6 stored on database. if service washing head = 5 and MOD function is not = 0 then you do not have this service. Please, check my Tennis Booking Prototype to get an idea. If IE please select Suburb Circular Quey. Then Click-on Court Button and on any Displayed records to see up to 14 days of available appointments.

  4. ok, all I know is this …. it would be REALLY cool to maximize the use of The Cloud to eliminate the possibility of the clouds destroying our planet ….. :-) exciting … it will be nice to see what this baby can do for humanity!

      • Barb, actually the mushroom cloud may have some contextual meaning — if you are one of those legacy vendors that’s desperately trying to “adapt” to the disruption from cloud, as IHS research suggests.

        In contrast, the market leaders in the Open Source ecosystem — i.e. Red Hat OpenStack and all the white label bare metal equipment manufacturers — stand to gain from the apparent upside opportunity of the Hybrid Cloud.

        Other essential ecosystem component makers, such as ARM with its forward-thinking SoC designs, will also flourish as the cloud phenomenon rises. My point: the destruction from cloud ascendance will eviscerate some old-school data center business models that can’t survive this firestorm. Only time will tell who suffers most from this fallout…

  5. Yeah… I long for the days when The Internet was free. Now I don’t respect it much more than one big TV commercial. Just a home now for money bags. Seems whenever man puts his hands on something it always boils down to cash, which most of us don’t have. Thanks for the informative blog! Just makes me sad somehow.

    • Ben Tarkeshian

      keep your head up spartacus! never fear.

      once they are done rebranding the mainframe technology and lockin of yesteryear “the cloud” they will give us another pc revolution under a new name.

      don’t you see? they will be the heroes again, saving us from the woes they inflicted on us, just in time too — our wallets were getting too fat, could be dangerous, they better help us out with some of that excess weight.

      the cloud will evaporate while “user control” and “independence” will be fashionable once again…and repeat.

      they will run to the next money pit once people catch on, you can bet on it.

      it is practically guaranteed, that is just how things are designed.

      • Well thank you for the information Ben! I found it quite helpful; especially the part where freedom repeats People are animals! And you’re right! There are over 30 million Word-press Users. I might be expecting too much from myself. Thanks for your clarity on that issue. Sometimes it’s good to have another’s perspective.

        As for ‘The Cloud’, my bills are high enough as it is. It’s more important I protect my health. I already blog. What do I need a cloud for now? You know? I didn’t create these problems, yet I should pay for them? It’s outrageous!

        I like those survival shows. Like when you go into the wilderness with just the bare essentials, and see if they can find the pick up point. I’ll bet you 2 cents, most people would fail that test, if it came down to it.

        Sometimes I wonder if being without The Internet wouldn’t cause heart attacks now… I sure hope those Heroes are listening now!