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Analyst underlines factors that will impact enterprise cloud

Posted: 03 Sep 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cloud services? enterprise IT? IaaS?

According to a recent Gartner survey on the future of IT services, only 38 per cent of all organisations indicate cloud services use as of the present. However, 80 per cent of organisations said they intend to use cloud services in some form within 12 months, including 55 per cent of the organisations not doing so today. Nevertheless, despite growing faster than the overall enterprise IT market, cloud services is still a small part of overall IT spending, added the market analytics firm.

"Given that the use of cloud services currently constitutes only a very small part of the vast enterprise IT market, strategic planners should not make the mistake of taking current cloud use cases to be predictors of future cloud use," said Gregor Petri, research director at Gartner. "Cloud computing is set to have a considerable impact on business in the future which is reflected in the survey finding that around 60 per cent of organisations plan increased investment over the next two years to five years, while only six per cent plan to decrease investments in cloud services."

Petri highlighted three key factors that will significantly impact enterprise cloud use in the near to midterm future. The first of these is the fact that the road to increased cloud usage will be through tactical business solutions addressing specific problems, not through broad, strategic infrastructure replacements. Today's cloud market is still very much formed by early adopters and innovators addressing specific use cases. Market adoption of high-tech services and solutions typically does not develop from early adopters to the majority market in a straight line, and also for cloud computing we will see distinct differences in how the next wave of buyers will adopt new solutions.

A second factor that Gartner said will influence cloud uptake is the reality that the business impact of cloud services increases as they continue to move up the cloud services value chain, from infrastructure services to business process services.

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