March 12, 2012
The cloud computing industry has exploded over the past few years, and while many believed it would begin to put IT professionals out of work, new studies have revealed the opposite. The China Post recently reported that a new survey found the cloud industry will employ millions of new specialists within the next three years.
According to the source, the International Data Centre conducted a study that revealed the cloud computing industry will be responsible for the creation of 2 million new jobs in India alone by 2015. Additionally, the IDC estimates that the cloud generated 1.5 million new jobs worldwide in 2011, along with $600 billion in total revenue.
"For most organizations, cloud computing is a no-brainer when considering it enables massive return on investment and flexibility," IDC senior vice president and chief research officer John Gantz explained in the report, according to the source.
In the United States, the federal government has spearheaded the rapid expansion of the cloud through various internal initiatives and policies. Already, federal agencies have seen the benefits of the technology for sustainability, efficiency, spend reduction and more.
The General Services Administration now helps federal agencies and departments deploy the minimum three applications in the cloud, in accordance with the Cloud First Policy. After becoming the first federal entity to use cloud-based technology for its email services, the GSA projected the switch to save it $15 million between 2010 and 2015.
The China Post added that the IDC report shows the cloud will likely produce $1.1 trillion in annual revenue by 2015, much a result of the conducive nature of the technology to small businesses, entrepreneurship, innovation and eco-friendliness. Countries just now beginning to establish IT infrastructures will make the potential growth of the cloud explode throughout the next three years and beyond.
-McAfee Cloud Security