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  • Cloud computing will be a key driver of net new IT spending over the next five years as public cloud service providers and the adopters of private cloud environments invest in the supporting infrastructure.
  • According to a new report from International Data Corporation (IDC), ‘Worldwide Enterprise Storage for Public and Private Cloud 2011-2015 Forecast: Enabling Public Cloud Service Providers and Private Clouds’, overall spending by public cloud service providers on storage hardware, software, and professional services will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.6 per cent from 2010 to 2015.
  • While enterprise spending on storage for the private cloud will experience a CAGR of 28.9 per cent. By 2015, combined spending for public and private cloud storage will be $22.6 billion worldwide.
  • Despite current economic uncertainties, IDC expects cloud service providers — both public and private — to be among the most expansive spenders on IT products and services as they continue to build out their facilities worldwide and expand their service options,” said Richard Villars, vice president, Storage Systems & Executive Strategies, IDC.
  • The most significant driver of storage consumption over the past three years has been the emergence of public cloud-based application and infrastructure providers. Many of these cloud-based service providers (e.g., iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, Facebook) act as content depots, which are primarily in the business of gathering, organizing, and providing access to large quantities of digital content.
  • Meanwhile, other cloud-based service providers have emerged with a focus on delivering IT infrastructure and applications in an “as a service” model (e.g., salesforce.com, WebEx Connect, Amazon Web Services, etc.). Over the past several years, these companies have undertaken massive storage build-outs as they have expanded their service offerings, entered new markets, and extended their geographic reach.
  • Enabling more efficient delivery of information/applications to Internet-based customers
    • Reducing upfront infrastructure investment levels (i.e., cutting the cost and time associated with deploying new IT and compute infrastructure)
    • Minimizing internal IT infrastructure investment associated with “bursty” or unpredictable workloads
    • Lowering and/or distributing the ongoing costs associated with long-term archiving of information
    • Enabling near-continuous, real-time analysis of large volumes and wide varieties of customer-, partner-, and machine-generated data (Big Data)
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  • The analyst firm claims public cloud providers and private cloud users will increase investment in storage over the coming years.
  • Cloud computing will ensure growth in the storage sector for the next five years, according to new research released today.
  • Analyst firm IDC claimed increased investment in private cloud infrastructure and the growing volumes needed by public cloud providers would lead to combined storage spending of $22.6 billion by 2015.
  • “Despite current economic uncertainties, IDC expects cloud service providers – both public and private – to be among the most expansive spenders on IT products and services as they continue to build out their facilities worldwide and expand their service options,” said Richard Villars, vice president of storage systems at IDC.
  • Breaking it down, IDC claimed public cloud providers would increase their storage spend at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.6 per cent between 2010 and 2015. Private cloud investments, however, were set to be even higher, with a CAGR of 28.9 per cent.
  • Software as a Service is the biggest storage culprit though, with online applications storing large volumes of content, such as videos, pictures or music files.
  • Although revenues from simple, large-scale storage will please storage companies, Villars warned it might detract those vendors from providing the more complex storage solutions required by enterprise.

  • Technology giant IBM launched a set of cloud computing tools designed to help business partners adopt cloud business models and generate new revenue streams by offering public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructures, applications and services to their clients. The company is extending the IBM SmartCloud portfolio with two new public cloud services, SmartCloud Enterprise+ and SmartCloud Application Services.
  • SmartCloud Enterprise+ will provide infrastructure as a service, including enterprise-class governance, administration and management control, multiple security and isolation options built into the virtual infrastructure and network, and real business-centric service-level agreements (SLAs). Additionally, IBM intends to make SCE+ available to qualified IBM business partners for resell in the first half of 2012.
  • SmartCloud Application Services will enable enterprise applications as a cloud service using a set of secure tools, and interested ISVs can join the SmartCloud Application Service beta program.
  • IBM also announced enhancements to the existing IBM SmartCloud, including a white label option for business partners to launch branded services based on SmartCloud Enterprise.
  • In addition, IBM is launching SmartCloud Foundation, a family of private cloud solutions to help businesses design and deploy private cloud environments. The private cloud offerings will be specifically targeted to small to medium-size businesses (SMBs). SmartCloud Entry, delivered by IBM Starter Kit for Cloud, offers the building blocks to create private clouds on virtualized IBM System x and Power Systems hardware.

  • The Asia Pacific region is set to adopt public cloud computing services at a faster rate than the rest of the world over the next six years, according to predictions from analyst group Ovum.
  • The region’s cloud computing industry will grow at a compound annual rate of 34.2 percent between 2010 and 2016, the analyst group forecast this week.
  • Ovum could not break down those figures by country on request.
  • Most of the growth would be in the infrastructure-as-a-service market, the analyst group said, which was far less mature in the Asia Pacific region than software-as-a-service today.
  • This fiscal year, Ovum expects SaaS to generate US$2.6 billion in the region and US$18.2 billion worldwide. The market will grow to around US$8 billion in 2016, it reported.
  • That represented a slower rate of growth than infrastructure-as-a-service, which would generate only US$180 million this fiscal year but more than US$2.6 billion by 2016, Ovum reported.
  • Similarly, platform-as-a-service would generate US$90 million this fiscal year but over US$1.7 billion by 2016, Ovum said.
  • Despite the strong growth rates in the Asia Pacific, Ovum expected North America to continue to be the largest consumer of these services, representing half (US$33 billion) of the global cloud computing market by 2016 (US$66 billion).

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