Global cloud server revenue to touch $9.4 billion by 2015


Worldwide revenue for servers deployed to public clouds
will reach $3.6 billion in 2015 while private cloud server revenue will balloon
to $5.8 billion, according to IDC.


“These evolutionary, and revolutionary, changes in
IT deployment and business attitudes are having a profound impact on
traditional IT environments,” said Katie Broderick, senior research
analyst, Enterprise Platforms and Datacenter Trends and Strategies, IDC.


“Cloud computing can dramatically simplify
administrating and managing many companies’ datacenters and position IT as a
service organization for the rest of the company. Off-loading some of the more
mundane tasks to the cloud (public or private) and freeing up manpower to focus
on adding value to the business is critical to driving cloud adoption. But,
up-front costs are real, and choosing the right vendor to manage or deploy an
environment is equally important,” Katie added.


IDC’s research found that public clouds are generally being built on simpler server hardware with a focus on energy
efficiency, density, and cost control. The reliability, availability, and
serviceability (RAS) for public clouds tends to be built into the software
layer (through failover and virtualization).


As a result, public cloud computing is a unit story with
lower average selling values (ASVs) than an average x86-based server. IDC
forecasts the number of servers shipped for deployment in public clouds will
reach more than 1.2 million in 2015, representing a 2011-2015 compound annual
growth rate (CAGR) of 21.1 percent.


In contrast, private cloud systems are being built on
higher-end hardware with more memory, I/O bandwidth, and advanced CPU
capabilities. Private clouds are also more reliant on the hardware for their
RAS capabilities.


Consequently, private clouds represent a value market
with larger converged systems selling at higher ASVs than the average x86
system. IDC expects more than 570,000 servers will be shipped for deployment
into private clouds in 2015, representing a five-year CAGR of 22.4 percent.


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