Where in the cloud is IT headed?


The newest hot topic in the tech business has been around since — and this is a conservative estimate — that the early 2000s.

It’s taken us a while to get where we are today, but these days the cloud permeates all aspects of an IT environment — from software to platforms to infrastructure. A fast look in the leading public cloud service providers — AWS, Microsoft, Google and IBM — shows the competition is fierce among sellers and the decision-making process 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 predicts that spending on people cloud infrastructure and services will more than double between now and 2023 with people cloud spending, growing from $229 billion in 2019 to almost $500 billion in 2023.

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IDC reports that software as a service will be the largest category of cloud computing, getting more than half of all public cloud spending. Infrastructure for a service (IaaS) are the next biggest category of public cloud spending, followed by platform for a support (PaaS). IaaS spending, comprised of servers and storage devices, are also the fastest growing group of cloud spending,

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What IT leaders think, we requested

But which cloud providers are enterprise IT decision-makers likely to choose and why? To Discover, IDG, at a series a telephone interviews, requested tech pros their ideas on these query:

Are you currently using a cloud supplier?
If so, which you?
Which are your priorities in regards to private and public cloud?
What’s your principal priority to your cloud strategy?
Unsurprisingly, the majority of those responding within our polls of IT leaders are using a cloud support. Somewhat surprising perhaps is that Microsoft Azure topped AWS as the cloud support of choice among the 400 tech pros we predicted. (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. personal cloud, enterprise users ranked private and also a combined hybrid strategy ahead of a public-only strategy.

No one said cloud deployments are simple. The answers to our query concerning what IT leaders are spending their time focusing on highlight both the promise and intricacies of moving to the cloud — cost economies (i.e., the promise) and managing a multicloud environment (i.e., the complexity) tied as the largest priority.

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