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Cloud infrastructure to grow in 2013, beyond

The rapid emergence of cloud infrastructure and software has changed the business landscape forever, as companies can now reduce IT costs and improve the availability of mission-critical resources by hosting services in a third-party environment. Furthermore, the cloud allows organizations to gain access to a wide variety of next-generation solutions, allowing them to gain a competitive advantage over rival firms still using antiquated tools.

A recent report by Persistent Systems highlighted the fact that the cloud market will continue to grow in 2013, largely due to the proliferation of mobile devices in the workplace and the ongoing need for big data analytic solutions. This prediction was based on a study of more than 300 technology companies, which found that the cloud-based projects jumped more than 30 percent within the last year.

"2013 marks a turning point as certain key technologies in cloud computing, mobility, analytics and collaboration have emerged to form the backbone of next-generation products and enterprise applications," said R Venkateswaran, CTO of Persistent Systems.

Where is cloud infrastructure headed in 2013?
The easy answer is up, as companies around the world are beginning to adopt a number of advanced cloud infrastructure services, including storage, managed servers and a number of other technologies. As this trend occurs, the overall Infrastructure as a Service market is bound to expand and evolve into a more sophisticated landscape.

A separate report by Gartner echoed the belief that the IaaS market is bound to rise, especially as the overall public cloud industry expands. Analysts said IaaS will be among the fastest growing segments of the cloud market and will be about the same size as the Software as a Service vertical in 2016.

"The total public cloud services market size in 2011 was $91.4 billion, and it will grow to $206.6 billion in 2016," said Ed Anderson, research director at Gartner. "As the market grows, IaaS will become a larger part of the overall market, while the market share of cloud management and security services will grow as well."

As the cloud infrastructure landscape matures in 2013, decision-makers will opt to use the services in an effort to improve efficiency by enhancing operations and reducing maintenance expenses, all while taking advantage of a highly scalable virtual environment capable of managing the big data phenomenon.

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