Cloud Usage Patterns Point to a Maturing Market

By Michael Vizard

As the adoption of cloud computing continues to grow rapidly, the market is also maturing rapidly, according to the findings of a new study. Not only are more organizations using private clouds, the overall size of the private cloud market is growing 15 percent annually, according to Technology Business Research's second-half 2014 survey of 1,865 IT organizations. Although the majority of private clouds are still being built by IT services firms, the number of private clouds built by internal IT organizations is growing. From a solution provider's perspective in the channel, however, the survey suggest that the next big opportunity may lie in helping organization create hybrid clouds, a market valued at $7 billion. IBM, HP and Microsoft dominate the hybrid cloud market. On the public cloud side, productivity portfolios such as Microsoft Office 365 and Google for Work, and CRM offerings from Salesforce.com are "experiencing growing levels of integration," the report said. Channel Insider examines key takeaways from the study.

This article was originally published on 2015-01-02