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Cloud Computing Will Dominate IT Spends by 2016

Continued growth in cloud computing will result in the majority of information technology budgets being spent on cloud services, Gartner Inc. predicts.

“2016 will be a defining year for cloud as private cloud begins to give way to hybrid cloud,” reports of the Gartner study, “and nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017.”

IT solutions “as a service,” Gartner predicts, is the trend that will drive the predicted expansion of cloud computing.

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“Overall, there are very real trends toward cloud platforms, and also toward massively scalable processing, said Chris Howard, research vice president at Gartner. “Virtualization, service orientation and the Internet have converged to sponsor a phenomenon that enables individuals and businesses to choose how they’ll acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models. Services delivered through the cloud will foster an economy based on delivery and consumption of everything from storage to computation to video to finance deduction management.”

However, not all fully agree cloud computing will grow so rapidly so soon — particularly hybrid cloud solutions. David Linthicum of believes the IT professionals’ pushback, while it isn’t as strong as it was five years ago, isn’t going to go away quickly.

That would mean that rapid deployment would come from the business leaders — C-level executives. “I believe the push will still come mainly from those in the business who seek more cost-effective ways to provide IT services, decrease time to market, and increase agility,” Linthicum writes.

Here at TDV Cloud, we see cautious movement toward cloud backup and data recovery via the cloud — there is plenty of interest, but rapid deployments are the exception, not the rule. It seems to be simply a matter of buy-in coming from all levels, and that’s a process that takes time in the business world.

But if and when the C-levels begin to see the cost and time savings cloud solutions can provide, that 2016 prediction might not be as far-fetched as it may seem at the moment.


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