January 18, 2012
As more enterprises adopt various cloud storage and infrastructure systems, cloud servers will gain a larger portion of the overall server market, according to a report by market intelligence firm IHS iSuppli.
The report said cloud serves made up roughly 5 percent of all server shipments in 2010, but that figure will expand to more than 15 percent in 2015. Additionally, cloud server shipments will total 875,000 this year, up 35 percent from 647,000 last year and a significant jump from 460,000 in 2010. By 2015, IHS forecasts shipments of cloud servers will more than double, reaching approximately 1.8 million units.
"For the enterprise in particular, the cloud can be deployed as software, platform or infrastructure to help keep information technology costs down," said Peter Lin, senior analyst for compute platforms at IHS. "The benefits are many, including higher utilization of server devices, low capital expenditure for clients, high scalability and access to the service across multiple devices."
Many businesses are adopting the cloud to reduce data center costs, improve business efficiency and increase scalability. According to a recent survey, 67 percent of enterprises have added or are in the process of implementing Infrastructure-as-a-Service.
-McAfee Cloud Security