The forecast is dense cloud cover

An increasing volume of IT spend is going on cloud-related projects.

Gartner said $111 billion worth of IT spending will shift to cloud this year, and that number will almost double to $216 billion by 2020 (

As Juan Casal says on his blog, highlighted on the Mission Critical Systems Forum at “Cloud is fast. Cloud is everywhere. Cloud is flexible; versatile; elastic. Cloud is the future.”

Let’s face it, when it comes to the cloud, ‘disruptive’ hardly does it justice. Businesses of all sizes and all sectors are subcontracting owning, running and maintaining data management to third parties. Cloud is increasingly used to house our enterprise applications and section heads are busily by-passing IT departments to make their own technology procurement decisions.

As one recent debate on the forum asks: ‘Is the cloud forcing a rethink in the way IT teams work?’ ( The emphasis of that view is that these teams are now facilitators rather than implementers.

A rethink, perhaps. But the bigger question is what sort of cloud service do you need?

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is good if cost cutting is the driving force. Platform-as-a-Service provides the most speed. And “when you need a lot of fairly standard functionality, you implement a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution,” says Sten Vesterli on his blog highlighted on the forum at

As Sten says: when it comes to cloud services there are good, cheap and fast options. The snag is, you can only really have a combination of any two!


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