Cloud computing will account for the majority of new IT spend by 2016 and by the end of 2017, nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments, according to research presented by Gartner at its Indian Symposium on Thursday.
Currently, private cloud is the most popular cloud deployment model across various sectors, Chris Howard, research vice president at Gartner said, but it is not appropriate for all services. Private cloud will still be deployed by the majority of midsize and large enterprises over the next few years, according to Gartner, but it will only be used for specific services.
The two primary work streams for building out a cloud strategy for enterprises are: the enterprise is a consumer of cloud services, and the enterprise as a provider of cloud services. According to Gartner, when the enterprise is a consumer of cloud services, “the main goal is determining if, when, where, how and why cloud services should be used,” not the hardware or software used to implement the service, which is handled by the service provider.
When the enterprise is a provider, for example, if an enterprise is building out a private cloud, the hardware, software and processes used to implement the cloud service are its main goal.
The final work stream focuses on the businesses, which Gartner said “represents an evolution of the enterprise’s market-facing website and B2B initiatives.
“There is a flawed perception of cloud computing as one large phenomenon,” Howard said. “Cloud computing is actually a spectrum of things complementing one another and building on a foundation of sharing. Inherent dualities in the cloud computing phenomenon are spawning divergent strategies for cloud computing success. The public cloud, hybrid clouds, and private clouds now dot the landscape of IT based solutions. Because of that, the basic issues have moved from ‘what is cloud’ to ‘how will cloud projects evolve’.”
In India specifically, cloud services revenue is projected to have a five-year projected compound annual growth rate of 33.2 percent from 2012 through 2017 across all segments. SaaS and IaaS have higher CAGR growth rates of 34.4 percent and 39.8 percent, respectively.
New hybrid cloud solutions for Indian businesses are being developed at the Department of Computer Science of the PES Institute of Technology in Bangalore through a recent partnership with EMC India Center of Excellence.