The cloud is poised to be the biggest player in computing infrastructure by 2020, new research has suggested.
A new study from researchers at Gartner claims that a combination of end users becoming more comfortable with using the cloud and vendors moving to primarily offering software from the cloud, means the platform is poised to be the dominant force in the infrastructure market.
Concerns over security have, in the past, caused some companies to adopt a no-cloud policy, but those worries now seem to be easing.
By 2019, Gartner predicts that some 30 per cent of the 100 largest software vendors will have adopted a cloud-only model.
Consequently, the rise of the cloud and off-premise platforms is likely to lead to a reduction in the amount of physical infrastructure, but evidence suggests it will not completely disappear.
However, the shift is, according to Gartner, likely to see more computer power sold through the cloud than that deployed in customers’ on-premise data centres.
Thomas Bittman, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said: "Unless very small, most enterprises will continue to have an on-premises (or hosted) data centre capability,”
“But with most compute power moving to IaaS providers, enterprises and vendors need to focus on managing and leveraging the hybrid combination of on-premises, off-premises, cloud and non-cloud architectures, with a focus on managing cloud-delivered capacity efficiently and effectively."