The new hot topic in the technology industry has been around because -- and this is a conservative estimate -- the early 2000s.
It's taken us some time to get where we are today, but these days the cloud illuminates all aspects of an IT environment -- from applications to platforms to infrastructure. A fast look in the top public cloud service suppliers -- AWS, Microsoft, Google and IBM -- shows the competition is fierce among sellers and the decision-making procedure for technology buyers isn't for the faint of heart.
With the roster of vendor-behemoths pursuing your own cloud dollars, it comes as no surprise that the stakes are high. In its Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide, IDC forecasts that spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will likely double between now and 2023 with public cloud spending, growing from $229 billion in 2019 to nearly $500 billion in 2023.
IDC reports that applications as a service will be the most significant category of cloud computing, getting more than half of public cloud computing. Infrastructure for a service (IaaS) will be the second biggest category of public cloud spending, followed by stage for a service (PaaS). IaaS spending, comprised of servers and storage devices, will also be the fastest growing category of cloud spending,
What IT leaders believe, we requested
But which cloud providers are business IT decision-makers most likely to choose and why? To find out, IDG, at a series a phone interviews, requested tech experts their thoughts on those question:
Are you currently using a cloud hosting service supplier?
If yes, which one?
What are your priorities in regards to public and personal cloud?
What is your primary priority for your own cloud strategy?
Not surprisingly, the majority of those responding in our surveys of IT leaders are utilizing a cloud service. Somewhat surprising perhaps is that Microsoft Azure topped AWS as the cloud service of choice among the 400 tech pros we called. (For more on how Microsoft Azure and AWS compare check out this head-to-head comparison.)
Asked to think about their priorities involving public vs. private cloud, business users ranked private and also a combined hybrid approach ahead of a public-only strategy.
No one said cloud deployments are easy. The answers to our question about what IT leaders are spending their time focusing on emphasize both the guarantee and intricacies of moving into the cloud -- price savings (i.e., the promise) and managing a multicloud surroundings (i.e., the complexity) tied as the biggest priority.
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