Eat Your Cloud Computing Cake

Joseff Betancourt
In-Stat Research has released a report that states that by 2014 software-as-a-service spending will increase 112 percent from current levels, which represents a nearly $8 billion increase. The other 'as-a-services' will increase as well, says the report, with infrastructure-as-a-service spending increasing by about $4 billion. In contrast, platform-as-a-service spending is forecasted to increase a mere $460 million.

By way of corroboration, Gartner says that 50 percent of data centers will have high-density zones by 2015. This makes sense because more money in the SaaS market means more concentrated server capacity in the cloud. Gartner does us the favor of defining the high-density zone as an area 'where the energy needed is more than 10kW per rack for a given set of rows.'

In terms of SaaS adoption, small office and home office users are supposed to be at the heart of the expansion. But what does this really mean for the CTO or IT manager? Well, simply put, it comes down to timing and great opportunity for some strategic planning.

As highlighted at this week's Cloud Connect conference, the 'as-a-service' market is on the cusp of going mainstream, so the time to negotiate hedge strategies and strategic alliances is now-before the boom.

New services will eventually emerge to compete over the limited market space that existing services have now. This is a great time to seed your opportunities so that you are in an even better leveraging position tomorrow when SaaS providers are doing everything they can to retain their customer base.

To add caramel to this sundae, even now you can use this popularity of SaaS and the fear that SaaS instills in traditional channels to get great deals and services at dirt-cheap rates. So the time to have your cake and eat it too is now.

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Sep 28, 2011 6:09 AM Dried Fruits Dried Fruits  says:
Excellent post, I wonder if you can take control of big mind like a group. Reply
Oct 21, 2011 11:10 PM Sean Sean  says:
Cloud has defiantly already moved in to parts of our life, why not have your cake and eat it too especially when it simplifies your life. A great example of such products is on Reply
Nov 17, 2011 3:11 AM khalid khalid  says:
What a great post! i think it's really increase $460 million? Reply
"Cloud Computing Roadmap: Legal Analytics Perspective and Analysis in Malaysia and Singapore " Jeong Chun phuoc, 16 Dec 2011 Both Internal Cloud Computing(ICC) and External Cloud Computing(ECC) options are being considered and implemented in Malaysia and Singapore for security reasons. The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology(NIST) Cloud Computing Roadmap is being studied at both the Malaysian and Singaporean platforms for modification at national levels : Singapore Cloud Computing Roadmap and Malaysia Cloud Computing Roadmap. Both Malaysia and Singapore�s Cloud Computing Roadmap manifests different and unique national IT defence security requirements and considerations. Not all the strategic thrusts and terms as drafted in the NIST are conducive for national implementation in Malaysia and Singapore. On a related discussion, the Open Cloud Computing system is being studied and redefined to see whether in the event of a cyber catastrophe, both the ICC and ECC or any other form of Cloud Computing technology and system could cope with the meltdown. The results are inconclusive from a Legal Analytics Perspective: I. Financial, II. Legal and III. Privacy considerations. ................................ Jeong Chun Phuoc Strategic Advocate in Data Protection and Policy Re-engineering (DPPr) He can be reached at Reply

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