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July 1, 2011

Global cloud server revenue to reach $9.4bn by 2015: IDC

Servers shipped for public and private cloud deployments will reach more than 1.2 million and more than 570,000, respectively

By CBR Staff Writer

Worldwide cloud server revenue will reach $9.4bn by 2015, with public cloud and private cloud server revenues accounting for $3.6bn and $5.8bn, respectively, according to new research from International Data Corporation (IDC).

This will be mainly due to IT managers are embracing server cloud computing as a viable option for decreasing complexity by adopting converged systems that arrive pre-integrated and ready for use (private cloud) or are offsite entirely (public cloud).

IDC senior research analyst of Enterprise Platforms and Datacenter Trends and Strategies Katie Broderick said off-loading some of the more mundane tasks to the cloud (public or private) and freeing up manpower to focus on adding value to the business is critical to driving cloud adoption.

"But, up-front costs are real, and choosing the right vendor to manage or deploy an environment is equally important," Broderick said.

IDC forecasts the number of servers shipped for deployment in public clouds will reach more than 1.2 million in 2015, representing a 2011-2015 compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.1%.

In contrast, IDC expects more than 570,000 servers will be shipped for deployment into private clouds in 2015, representing a five-year CAGR of 22.4%, the study ‘Worldwide Enterprise Server Cloud Computing 2011-2015 Forecast’ said.

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