IT Shifting from "Cloud First" to "Cloud Only," Gartner Says

By 2019, more than 30 percent of the 100 largest vendors' new software investments will have shifted from cloud-first to cloud-only, Gartner analysts now predict.

"More leading-edge IT capabilities will be available only in the cloud, forcing reluctant organizations closer to cloud adoption,” said Yefim V. Natis, Gartner VP.

By 2020, more compute power will have been sold by IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and PaaS (platform as a service) cloud providers than sold and deployed into enterprise data centers.

The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market has been growing more than 40 percent in revenue per year since 2011, and it is projected to continue to grow more than 25 percent per year through 2019.

By 2019, the majority of virtual machines (VMs) will be delivered by IaaS providers. By 2020, the revenue for compute IaaS andPlatform as a Service (PaaS) will exceed $55 billion — and likely pass the revenue for servers.

“Unless very small, most enterprises will continue to have an on-premises (or hosted) data center capability,” said Thomas Bittman, Gartner VP.


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