Big Data rises as a Driver of Cloud Adoption
While cost savings, in-house skills shortages and the need to support business growth in an evolving landscape continues to drive the shift of enterprise IT infrastructure towards the cloud, we are seeing growing demand for more responsive and high-bandwidth infrastructure services that are able to support the increase in volume, velocity and variety of data. Big Data use cases will become important as Data Governance and Analytic Algorithms integrate with services in the cloud. As a result, we will see more businesses shifting to scalable, secure computer and storage networks and platforms to access, integrate and maximize the value of their analytics investment.
The year of Hybrid
However, this migration to the cloud will be a phased approach with IT leaders adopting hybrid IT outsourcing models. Cloud will move from mostly private deployments to Hybrid - Private and Public and multicloud. Hybrid also means co-location, managed hosting, and multi-cloud federation. Colocation in particular will be the environment of choice amongst IT leaders in the next two years, followed by managed services in the next five years and cloud eventually taking the lead in IT infrastructure models. For businesses in Singapore, the shift is much more rapid. Findings from our 2013 Vanson Bourne survey indicated that more than 50 percent of companies in Singapore will use colocation and outsourced managed services by 2015.
From a vertical perspective, we expect to see significant cloud migration in the healthcare sector – particularly in the US where the government has allocated $25.9 billion under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act to promote and expand the adoption of health information technology and drive innovation in healthcare management systems that will ultimately result in better patient safety and care.
Application as the Service
This trend also highlights the growing importance for integration between application, platform and the cloud. The need to understand underlying IaaS to develop and migrate applications across multi-cloud platforms and services has slowed down the development and adoption of cloud. In the coming 12 months, the focus will be on supporting application-driven cloud usage and cloud providers that integrate PaaS into their IaaS with security policy and governance will enable businesses to develop applications on the cloud.
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