The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the Digital Transformation trends. Savvy CIOs and CTOs that were an early adopter of public cloud computing technologies now have a significant strategic market lead over their competitors. Moreover, a few dominant IT platform providers continue to benefit from this trend.
Leading public cloud service providers continue to gain market share across the globe. The cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market grew 37.3 percent in 2019 to reach $44.5 billion — that’s up from $32.4 billion in 2018, according to the latest worldwide market study by Gartner.
For the full year, investments in cloud IT infrastructure will surpass spending on non-cloud infrastructure and reach $69.5 billion or 54.2 percent of the overall IT infrastructure spend. “The most effective ‘well-architected framework’ is open, to enable customer choice.”
Everest Group predicts that the spend on IT services in the capital markets industry will decline 2.1% in 2020 due to COVID-19, with outsourcing spend seeing a dip of -3.7% as firms reallocate resources and cost transformation initiatives are prioritized.
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“Growing nationalistic sentiments sweeping various nations such as the U.S., Europe, and India, will add fuel to the sovereign cloud discussion. The Huawei ban in the U.S., the ban on Chinese apps in India, and reducing dependencies on China across sectors are indicators of emerging nationalistic sentiments.”
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The total number of large data centers operated by hyperscale providers increased to 541 at the end of Q2 2020. Over 70% of all hyperscale data centers are located in facilities leased from data center operators or are owned by partners of the hyperscale operators.
The future of cloud computing growth is at the edge. IDC predicts that by 2023, over 50 percent of new enterprise IT infrastructure deployed will be at the edge rather than within centralized corporate datacenters — that’s up from less than 10 percent today.
The primary drivers for top workloads on public cloud infrastructure include ‘Lift & Shift’ migration patterns, the beginning of the adoption of AI/ ML capabilities, and the growth of cloud-native applications and dev/ test use cases on public cloud.
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As investments in cloud IT infrastructure continue to increase, with some swings up and down in the quarterly intervals, the IT infrastructure industry is approaching the point where spending on cloud IT infrastructure consistently surpasses spending on non-cloud IT infrastructure.
Spending on private cloud IT infrastructure has shown more stable growth since IDC started tracking sales of IT infrastructure products in various deployment environments. In 3Q19, vendor revenues from private cloud environments increased 3.2 percent year-over-year, reaching nearly $5 billion.