International Data Corp. (IDC) today released a new forecast in a report that seems to predict the rosiest future for cloud spending I’ve seen yet.
The company forecasts that server sales related to cloud computing will jump to $12.6 billion in the next five years as more businesses embrace automated and virtualized data centers.
Both public and private clouds will benefit by growth, according to IDC. Server revenue for public- sector cloud computing, such as for local, regional and national governments, will rise to $718 million in 2014 from $582 million last year. Meanwhile, server revenue for the private-sector cloud market is forecast to jump to $11.8 billion from $7.3 billion over the same period.
“Now is a great time for many IT organizations to begin seriously considering this technology and employing public and private clouds in order to simplify sprawling IT environments,” IDC analyst Katherine Broderick said in a statement, in the report.
Not mentioned in The Wall Street Journal article where I read about the new predictions is the impact on the business world of the growth in cloud services. As more companies and organizations make the switch to both public and private clouds, they’re adding cloud-ready apps that help improve productivity and reduce labor and administrative costs.
For instance, more and more companies are employing cloud-based monitoring as a way to ensure that they get an independent and fair review of key metrics, like uptime and outages on their cloud platforms. I’m not saying that cloud providers purposely mislead customers or give them false performance data reports, but an independent watchdog is more apt to consider each instance with more rigor and impartiality.