18 July 2011 14:06:05
Infrastructure-as-a-Service appears to be ready to step out of the shadow of its bigger cousin SaaS, as a recent In-Stat report predicted significant gains for the cloud computing segment in the near future.
According to the market research firm, the overall public cloud computing market is expected to grow 153 percent between 2010 and 2015. SaaS, the largest segment of the cloud, will see gains of 142 percent during that time.
IaaS, which has not yet seen widespread adoption, however, is gaining traction in several industries and is expected to grow go about $4 billion by 2015, In-Stat stated.
According to the report, IaaS is expected to become popular among small businesses, especially those within the healthcare, social services, retail, hospitality and food industries. Overall, small businesses are expected to account for more than half of the SaaS and IaaS markets.
Another area of the cloud that's poised to see significant growth in the near future is cloud-based storage. According to a recent study from the Storage Networking Industry Association, 75 percent of surveyed businesses are either planning to or have already deployed a cloud storage solution.
-McAfee Cloud Security