SAN FRANCISCO—Worldwide revenue for cloud computing servers is projected to grow to $9.4 billion in 2015, according to market research firm International Data Corp. (IDC).
IDC (Framingham, Mass.) projected that revenue for private cloud servers—those that arrive pre-integrated and ready for use—will grow to $5.8 billion by 2015. Revenue from public cloud servers—those that are maintained off site entirely—will reach $3.6 billion by 2015, according to the firm's projections.
"These evolutionary—and revolutionary—changes in IT deployment and business attitudes are having a profound impact on traditional IT environments," said Katie Broderick, IDC senior research analyst for enterprise platforms and datacenter trends and strategies, in a statement.
"Cloud computing can dramatically simplify administrating and managing many companies' datacenters and position IT as a service organization for the rest of the company," Broderick said. "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."
According to IDC's research, 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 for public clouds tends to be built into the software layer through failover and virtualization, according to the first. The result is that public cloud servers typically have lower average selling prices (ASPs) than average x86 servers, IDC said.
IDC projects taht the number of servers shipped for deployment in public clouds will reach more than 1.2 million in 2015, representing a 21.1 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the period 2011 through 2015.
Private cloud systems, meanwhile, are being built on higher-end hardware with more memory, I/O bandwidth, and advanced CPU capabilities, according to IDC. Private clouds are also more reliant on the hardware for their reliability, availability, and serviceability capabilities, the firm said, giving them higher ASPs compared to typical x86 servers. 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.
Bandwidth is not doubt an important components to have a successful cloud architecture. Typically co-locs have a very high bandwidth pipe. The bottleneck is usually at the last mile to either office, home or at the RF link to the mobile device. Yet, if the community is not convinced that their data is secured, I don't believe just by delivering convenience alone will be able to get cloud based services popular. I believe technologies are growing to address both security and bandwidth at this point.
The security of the cloud is one issue, another one is having a very reliable high bandwidth network capable of sending and receiving large amounts of data to and from the cloud. It does no good to have vast amounts of data stored in "clouds" if you cannot access it quickly whenever it is needed. My personal experience both at my workplace and my home is that the networks are already straining now to do the job. How will they handle the additional burdens of cloud computing? I think we are going to need a lot more optical fiber in the ground and the whole infrastructure that goes with it.
chanj, Thank you for your question. Data at rest security is implemented across the board. Since important data is stored on the servers and not on the clients, files are not stored or transmitted unless policy permits it to a device. If a device is lost, destroyed, or stolen, the data sits on the server and is not affected. We implement policy-based access control regarding printing, usage, and device access. Additional policies can also be used to restrict sharing, printing, clipboard sharing, and even local USB device access. VERDE follows Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting security protocols. In addition, VERDE has protocol encryption (SSL) to make sure that granular items such as keystrokes and pixels are secured. This means that even the bits and pieces that hackers could use to put together data are safely encrypted.
I'm particularly excited to hear IDC's report because, my company, Virtual Bridges's VDI Gen2 and LEAF solutions contribute to the need for energy, cost, management, and reliability needs required for virtualization in the cloud. VERDE also takes advantage of cluster server fail-over in a way that is simple for IT administrators to manage. VDI Gen2 also allows for secure deployments in both private and public clouds. Virtualization solutions across the board will help streamline and reduce the headaches that current IT managers are facing.
Though there is an initial apprehension about the security of data on the Cloud, this will soon melt away and the shift towards using public Cloud will start. The advantages of lower total cost of ownership of the Cloud based services compared to the Captive IT infrastructure will weigh in when the future IT investment decisions are made.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.