Cloud Computing Tops IT Spending List
Already-busy cloud providers are gearing up for even greater demand, new research shows.
A study by Infonetics Research found that 70 percent of data-center and cable operators across the globe are investing in their cloud services in anticipation of a growing need.
"Service providers around the world have embraced the cloud concept in earnest, and are heavily investing in new services and service delivery platforms based on their particular areas of expertise," said Sam Barnett, Infonetics Research's directing analyst for data center and cloud.
The study is consistent with research last month from the Society for Information Management that showed cloud computing as one of the top spending priorities for IT executives in 2012.
Barnett said Internet-content providers are leading the way with service as a software offering, while data center and co-location operators are adding cloud infrastructure to their product portfolios and investing in additional infrastructure facilities.
According to the study, more sophisticated offerings like platform as a service are currently offered by fewer providers, but that number is expected to grow significantly by 2013.
The study, Cloud Service Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, was based on interviews with 20 established and competitive data-center operators and cable operators that now offer cloud services or plan to within the next year.