Thursday, 4 April 2013

Cloud Services Market to Total £87billion in 2013



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Cloud Computing
Source: CRM In The Cloud
New Gartner Research shows that Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) has increased by 42.4% last year, and is expected to see 47.3% growth to £6billion this year.

The research also shows that the public cloud services market is forecast to grow 18.5% in 2013 to a total of £87billion worldwide, up from £74billion in 2012. IaaS including cloud computing, storage and print services, continued to be the fastest-growing segments of the market, growing 42.4% in 2012 to almost £4billion.

"The continued growth of the cloud services market will result from the adoption of cloud services for production systems and workloads, in addition to the development and testing scenarios that have led as the most prominent use case for public cloud services to date," said Ed Anderson, research director at Gartner.

He added that "Evidence of this growth is found in the increasing demand for cloud services from end-user organizations, met by an increased supply of cloud services from suppliers."

One of the main issues with cloud has always been in its understanding. It isn't something you can often start a conversation about with just anyone. The majority of the population just simply don't understand what it is. Firebrand recently caught up with Ian Moyse from Workbooks.com, a Cloud CRM vendor who explained that "Cloud" is too generic of a term for customers to understand. Watch the full interview in our previous blog post.

"Although forecast growth is generally high across all regions, the adoption of cloud services varies significantly by country. Providers should not assume that a generic strategy applied to specific countries or regions of the world will produce the same outcome when applied to other countries, even countries with similar market characteristics," said Mr. Anderson.

Popular comedian Louis C.K makes light of this misunderstanding by the general population in his recent interview in the Jimmy Kimmel Live show.


A TechRepublic survey indicates that IT leaders prefer private and hybrid clouds over public-cloud technology. The survey results show that cloud usage is increasing. The survey looked at:
  • Vendors used for current cloud services
  • Vendors being considered for future cloud services
  • Reasons for going to the cloud
  • Does the cloud meet expectations
  • Why some companies aren't adopting the cloud
  • Current cloud status
  • Public, private or hybrid?

You can download the full results here. The report costs $149 but is free is you have a TechRepublic Pro membership.


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