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2015 was a breakthrough year for cloud adoption, says Synergy Research Group

Analyst house’s latest cloud market tracker reveals how enterprise IT buying behaviours are moving to incorporate off-premise technologies

Synergy Research Group (SRG) has declared 2015 as the year when cloud computing finally became a mainstream method of IT consumption.

The analyst house’s latest market tracker report pegged the public cloud sector as the fastest-growing part of the overall off-premise infrastructure market during the 12 months to September 2015.

It tracked the growth of the cloud infrastructure services market over four consecutive quarters to Q3 2015, while also monitoring the revenue generated by the cloud-enabling hardware and software market, and other miscellaneous off-premise services.

The firm’s findings revealed that the operator and supplier revenue across all areas was up 28% on the previous year to hit $110bn.

Looking at the specific segments covered by the research, the amount spent on public cloud infrastructure services grew by 51% over the tracking period, while private and hybrid cloud saw growth of 45%.    

The public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud infrastructure services markets each grew by at least 16%, SRG said, as enterprises continue to seek ways to move more of their IT off-premise.

The research also shows that the amount spent on hardware and software infrastructure to build a cloud environment continues to outpace investment in cloud services – but that gap is narrowing.

In the year to September 2015, spend in this area hit $60bn, with private cloud-enabling hardware and software accounting for about half of this total.

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Synergy said these investments also had a follow-on impact for the cloud infrastructure services market, helping firms in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) sector generate revenue of about $20bn.

SRG chief analyst John Dinsdale said the results strongly suggest that 2015 was the year when cloud computing finally came of age.

“In many ways, 2015 was the year when cloud became mainstream,” he said. “Across a wide range of cloud applications and services, we have seen that usage pass well beyond the early-adopter phase and barriers to adoption continue to diminish.

“Cloud technologies are now generating massive revenues and high growth rates that will continue long into the future, making this an exciting time for IT suppliers and service providers that focus on cloud.”



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