Gartner : Cloud Computing Spend Update
Friday, October 8, 2010
Cloud computing services accounted for 12.5% of overall IT budgets, according to a research report released this week by Gartner. The report found that 39% of those surveyed allocated portions of their IT budgets for cloud computing, while 44% of those surveyed said they procured services from outside providers. Of those, 46% said they will increase that spending in the next budget year by an average of 32%. Gartner said it surveyed more than 1,500 IT professionals throughout 40 countries between April and July of this year.
Another key finding of the report revealed that one-third of spending came from last year’s budget; another third was new spending; and 14% was diverted from a different budget category. “Overall, these are healthy investment trends for cloud computing,” said Gartner analyst Bob Igou, in a statement. “This is yet another trend that indicates a shift in spending from traditional IT assets such as the data center assets and a move toward assets that are accessed in the cloud. “Igou, who authored the study, pointed out that 24.1% of budgets covered data center systems and business applications, 19.7% for PC and related gear, 13.7% for telecom costs, and 30% for IT personnel. For the next budget year, the report found, 40% will increase spending on development of cloud-based applications and solutions, while 56% will spend the same amount. Forty three% said they will increase spending on implementation of cloud computing for internal and/or restricted and 32% will increase spending on such environments for external and/or public use.