Plenty of research results are released on cloud every day. At the end of this week, we look at a few relevant stats for telcos and service providers in the cloud. Some are encouraging, some are eye opening to what is possible in the cloud and what threats exist.
- The cloud services market just passed $6 billion in quarterly revenues and the growth rate is increasing… During the past four quarters, infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) hybrid and private cloud providers generated over $21 billion in revenues. While they may be catching up to AWS, both Microsoft and Google have revenue growth rates of over 100 percent. (Source: Datamotion)
- Hosted private cloud and hybrid cloud are the major demands from enterprises, which expect to spend up to 50% of their cloud budget on these types of services. Every managed infrastructure provider should be preparing to answer those demands. (Source: 451 Research)
- Long-term hosting/cloud consumers (4+ years) will migrate up to 75% of application workloads to hosted environments. (Source: 451 Research)
- The Global Hybrid Cloud Market 2015-2019 is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 29.22% over the period 2014-2019. This is because one of the most important trends in cloud computing is the availability of hybrid cloud solutions from various service providers (Source: Research and Markets)
- Nine out of ten UK organizations moving to the cloud are held back by hindering delays and diversions. (Journey to the Cloud)
- Reasons for moving to the cloud are cost-cutting (37%), changing business objectives (35%) and new management (29%) were just some of the prime factors forcing IT managers to rethink their cloud strategy. With the top three delays in the move to cloud blamed on, gaining approval and internal sponsorship (31%), cost-cutting (31%) and insufficient project management (26%.). Around three quarters of respondents noted that they received conflicting advice on moving to the cloud and over a third were significantly affected as a result. This suggests that the need to change cloud direction could be driven by a poor standard of service and guidance from specialists. (Journey to the Cloud)
- Innovation is becoming the prime objective for cloud adoption among UK private sector businesses, according to UK IT manager research by Vanson Bourne. Driving business innovation is now cited by almost 40% of private sector respondents and at the very top of the list for large businesses with over 3,000 employees – 59% of whom said it was the key goal for them moving to the cloud. (Cloud Computing Intelligence)
What Do These Stats Show?
There is market opportunity in the cloud – billions of dollars – and it isn’t just for the giants. Telcos and service providers that can innovate and deliver true value will be able to capture some of this market opportunity.
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