Cloud will remain a tiny proportion of overall IT market

New research from Gartner shows that businesses are beginning to spend on IT again after a freeze on spending due to the economic downturn.

I spoke to Richard Gordon, research vice president at Gartner, about the areas where IT spending was increasing in the enterprise.  No suprises here: Windows 7 upgrades, servers and storage.

He said, “There has been a healthy investment in data centre,” suggesting that businesses are also investing to make their IT infrastructure cloud-ready. But cloud computing is just 2% of IT spending, and will not grow significantly short-term, in spite of everything the IT industry is saying.

Gartner expects the software as a service market to accout for 4% of overall IT spending by 2015,  “We are unlikely to see a wholesale move to the cloud,” said Gordon.