Cloud computing is an emerging paradigm computing concept that enables both information technology infrastructure and software to be delivered directly over the Internet as a service.
This arrangement, whereby companies can expand network capacity, and run applications directly on a vendor’s network, offers a host of advantages with the most primary being radically lower IT costs. The lower budgetary requirements and commitments allow even smaller companies to piece together an IT project without spending on purchasing legacy server, and storage systems. Additionally, the burden of developing and maintaining the technological expertise required in running the network is transferred to the service provider. The pay-per-use basis of cloud computing helps transform the way IT departments create and deploy customized applications during these difficult times. By offering a more cost-effective, less risky, and fundamentally faster alternative to on-site application developments, cloud computing is poised to transform the economics of information technology in the next few years.
With the Internet being a foundation for cloud computing, the term “cloud” is used as a metaphor for the Internet. Thanks to new and improved networks, the Internet is fast emerging into vehicle for delivering computational requirements. The ubiquity of the Internet and the widespread availability of high-speed broadband access are the primary factors driving the movement towards the cloud. Although still a small percentage of the total IT spends, cloud services are strong drivers of incremental growth.
The recent economic recession saw hordes of companies take to cloud computing as a cost saving strategy.Cloud computing came as a boon for companies during tough economic and financial climate, given that the technology can potentially slash IT costs by over 35%. The bad economy fed the global cloud computing services market as cash, and revenue starved companies prowled for IT solutions that are cost-effective, require minimum to zero investments, and low management of computing resources. Technically, the feature of multi-tenancy, or the ability to scale up or scale down services on demand, makes fiscal sense in tough economic climate. And with cloud computing fitting the bill in every respect, the business case for the technology stands exemplified. In short, recession became the push factor, which tripped the market into the mass adoption stage.
As the world economy navigates its way through recession and towards recovery, organizations will still retain their appetite for cost effective solutions, but will however demand more value-creating productivity. Against this backdrop, cloud computing stands poised for post recession boom. Shifting priorities among limited budgetary constraints will make it critical for market participants to closely follow spending patterns to understand areas where companies will be spending their precious funds. Given the fact that cloud computing services help companies scale up or scale down their computing requirements and resources through public, private and hybrid clouds, the value proposition offered is overwhelming. Companies that will consume the most cloud services are expected to be those operating in a commoditized business environment where constant product differentiation is a perennial need.
Growing recognition of economic and operational benefits and the efficiency of cloud-computing model promise strong future growth. As companies ease out gradually from the economic uncertainties and financial shackles, widespread adoption of cloud services is in the offing. The pragmatic and successful adoption of this technology concept by early adopters will pave the way for mass enterprise adoption of cloud services in the upcoming years. The transition of enterprises from virtual machines to the cloud will additionally extend the impetus required for strong growth. Poised to score the maximum gains will be end-to end cloud-computing solutions that offer complete functionalities ranging from integration of internal and external clouds, automation of business critical tasks, and streamlining of business processes and workflow, among others.
Future growth in the market will be primarily driven by growing adoption of enterprise mobility as a key IT strategy among new age companies. With most of the modern business houses exploring opportunities globally, business operations in recent years are moving beyond corporate boundary walls. Global mobile worker population is also expected grow at a considerable pace in the coming years. Given the need for mobile workforce to constantly remain in touch with corporate headquarters and access business information even when away, the demand for productivity solutions such as collaboration and communications suites, IM, document sharing e-mail, and Web conferencing, which are hosted on the cloud but are accessible to a mobile workforce via browser on mobile devices, is growing at a robust pace.
Growth in the market will also be driven by the need for companies to ensure business continuity. With most businesses perceiving traditional in-house data backup infrastructure as insufficient in safeguarding critical corporate data from system failures, theft, vandalism, floods and fire, offsite backup infrastructure are magnetizing enormous interest and investments. Against this backdrop, cloud computing and web hosted storage plus backup options are increasing in popularity as companies’ race to online vaulting service providers to hedge the risks associated with the unknown future. Cloud computing, as a low cost alternative to traditional data backup storage options, is emerging into a viable option for business continuity and disaster data recovery management for both small-medium and large-sized businesses. Growth in the cloud computing market will also be driven by growing adoption of technology among small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Charmed by the prospect of gaining access to such high-end technologies, whose adoption until recently were largely limited to huge multinationals with strong financial muscle, SMEs have been increasing their investments on cloud computing.
As stated by the new market research report on Cloud Computing Services, the United States remains the largest regional market worldwide. Asia-Pacific is one of the fastest growing regional markets for cloud computing services, with revenues from the region waxing at a CAGR of about 35% over the analysis period. Growth in the Asia-Pacific market will be especially driven by the accelerated pace of developments in the enterprise sector, especially in emerging markets such as China and India, and the need for efficient solutions to deliver IT services.Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) represents the fastest growing market segment by service type.
Key players in this marketplace include Akamai Technologies Inc., Amazon Web Services LLC, CA Technologies, Dell Inc., ENKI, Flexiant Ltd., Google Inc., Hewlett-Packard Development Company L.P., IBM Corporation, Joyent Inc., KloudData Inc., Layered Technologies Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Netsuite Inc., Novell Inc., OpSource Inc., Oracle Corporation, Rackspace Hosting Inc., Red Hat Inc., Salesforce.com Inc., Skytap Inc., Terremark Worldwide Inc., Yahoo! Inc., among others.
The research report titled “Cloud Computing Services: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a review of noteworthy market trends, growth drivers and challenges. The report in addition also enumerates recent acquisitions, and other strategic industry activities. The report offers demand estimates and projections for world Cloud Computing Services market by service verticals, Software as a Service (SaaS); Platform as a Service (PaaS); and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Key geographic markets analyzed in the report include the US, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (Australia, China, India, South Korea and Rest of Asia-Pacific), Latin America (Brazil, and Rest of Latin America), and Rest of World.
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