Research firm IDC has taken a look at where cloud computing is heading, and is of the opinion that the cloud is set to “radically expand the users and uses of information technology, leading to a wide and entirely new variety of intelligent industry solutions.” This, they say, will be a driving factor in the growth of the cloud over the next four years.
According to IDC, by 2015, 46% of all IT spending will be on public cloud services. This spending won’t just come through the cloud as it exists now, but through SaaS options that are currently in their infancy. Maturing SaaS and PaaS choices are, from IDC’s perspective, set to take the world of cloud computing by storm.
Currently, private clouds and VPSs are preferred by many businesses, in part because of the security risk that a public cloud can represent. These options are created with the specific customer in mind, and allow them to have sole access to resources as well as set all permissions for access, something that the public cloud is unable to do.
What the public cloud can do is offer a larger marketplace and great total availability of resources, something that IDC thinks will play a large role in moving companies away from private cloud options. Once the public cloud has matured enough, many companies see it as being able to replicate the functions that are currently limited to private clouds and VPS systems.
Inter-connectivity of devices, networks and users is on the rise, and companies are beginning to see the benefit in cloud solutions over standard virtualization. According to IDC, private clouds will give way to public options as the cloud industry as a whole matures.