Ovum: Cloud computing to grow in 2013

Wednesday 23 January 2013

2013 will see cloud computing continue to grow rapidly, it has been claimed.

In a new report, technology analyst Ovum claims businesses will carry on investing in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) this year.

The firm said cloud computing in all its guises - public, private, and hybrid - is "building momentum, evolving fast and becoming increasingly enterprise-grade".

Laurent Lachal, senior analyst at Ovum Software, said that cloud computing promises to tackle "two hitherto irreconcilable IT challenges" - the need to reduce costs and the need to boost innovation”.

"It takes a lot of effort from vendors and enterprises to actually make it work, and they will succeed in making it work in 2013, both on their own and as part of increasingly complex ecosystems," he stated.

But Mr Lachal noted that cloud computing - in its IaaS, PaaS and SaaS forms - "has barely reached the adolescence phase".

He claimed it will take at least another five years for cloud computing to mature into adulthood.

Mr Lachal claimed that 2013 will see the emergence of cloud computing ecosystem, with public clouds increasingly approached not only as technology delivery platforms but also as 'ecosystem hubs' for cloud service providers and consumers.

"They offer a new way to accelerate participation in the rapidly evolving social networking and mobile solution ecosystems of the internet age," he stated.

Posted by Alex Boardman