10 Nuggets from the 2015 Cloud Computing Stats

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  • Power: Supercomputers & Leapfrogging
  • Statistical Nugget #1 – Cisco
  • Statistical Nugget #2 – Centaur Partners
  • Statistical Nugget #3 – Computerworld
  • Statistical Nugget #4 – Forrester
  • Statistical Nugget #5 – Forrester
  • Statistical Nugget #6 – Goldman Sachs
  • Statistical Nugget #7 – Network World
  • Statistical Nugget #8 – IDC
  • Statistical Nugget #9 – IDC
  • Statistical Nugget #10 – IDC
  • Cloud from a Proven Provider, Not a Startup

10 Cloud Computing Stats:

Power: Supercomputers & Leapfrogging

Every day, more and more systems around the world migrate to the cloud. It is a major shift globally. In the “developed” countries, cloud is allowing for extraordinarily complex data computations, using speed that typically outpaces supercomputers (per Indiana University Digital Science Center director Geoffrey C. Fox). In the “underdeveloped” countries, a similar transition is occurring as was observed with phone technology: the economies are leapfrogging over the physical infrastructure stage of computing and jumping straight into the cloud.

Cloud is popular enough now that it is standardly included in IT projections made by business analyst firms. Forbes contributor Louis Columbus looked at the cloud sections of IT prediction reports from all the various big-name sources (such as Forrester and IDC), attempting to draw out the most salient information from each one.

“While each of these consultancies and research firms have varying forecasts for the next few years,” Columbus explains, “all agree that cloud computing adoption is accelerating in enterprises on a global scale.”

Here are the various estimates from respected industry authorities:

Statistical Nugget #1 – Cisco

According to a free PDF released on November 4 by Cisco, three out of five (59%) computer tasks handled in the cloud will run through software-as-a-service (SaaS) systems by 2018, an increase from two out of five (41%) in 2013. Over the same period of time, Cisco estimated that the infrastructure cloud (IaaS) will decrease proportionally from 44% of tasks to 28% of them. Meanwhile, platforms will drop just slightly from 15% to 13%.

Statistical Nugget #2 – Centaur Partners

The free PDF report posted in January by this research group similarly argued that growth of the software cloud will continue to be astronomical, achieving a 19.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2011 to 2016 (a jump from $13.5 billion to $32.8 billion).

Statistical Nugget #3 – Computerworld

Computerworld projected that two in five IT directors (42%) will be investing more in expansive cloud services during 2015 than they did in 2014. That’s especially the case with large companies employing more than 1000 people (52%).

Statistical Nugget #4 – Forrester

The worldwide figures for the software cloud released by Forrester suggest that the segment will grow 21% between 2015 and 2016, attaining $106 billion by that time. The overall amount invested in enterprise computer applications globally in 2015 is estimated to achieve $620 billion. Top cloud spending will be in three departments:

  • Interoperability
  • Storage administration
  • Database administration

Statistical Nugget #5 – Forrester

In 2015, the software cloud will hit $78.4 billion of revenue, which will escalate to $132.6 billion by 2020 (9.1% CAGR).

Statistical Nugget #6 – Goldman Sachs

According to 451 Research analyst Michael Coté, Goldman Sachs estimated that investment in the infrastructure and platform clouds was experiencing 30% compound growth between 2013 and 2018, while enterprise IT was rising 5% over that same period. Amazon Web Services, the biggest name in infrastructure and platform, grew 26% during 2014, raking in $4 billion.

Statistical Nugget #7 – Network World

Although cloud is a very trendy category with lots of attention, it isn’t the biggest concern of IT leadership. A free PDF report from Network World suggests that the biggest projects among decision-makers for 2015 are:

  • Security – 36%
  • Cloud – 31%
  • Mobility – 28%

Statistical Nugget #8 – IDC

Between 2015 and 2016, 11% of technology spending will be transitioned from on-premise physical server systems to cloud, said IDC. More than one in three (35%) pieces of software created in 2017 will be based in the cloud, to benefit from rapid-fire updating and release of additional functionalities.

Statistical Nugget #9 – IDC

Additionally, IDC projects that public cloud will grow more than 100% between 2015 and 2018, reaching $128 billion. Here is how the research group expects the different types of cloud to be represented by that time:

  • $83 billion software cloud
  • $25 billion infrastructure cloud
  • $21 billion platform cloud.

Statistical Nugget #10 – IDC

Finally, IDC estimates that 28% of software ($51 billion) purchased by enterprises worldwide will be delivered by the software cloud in 2018, a rise from 17% ($23 billion) in 2013.

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