Cloud is now the norm for Australian enterprises

By Eleanor Reader

Australian enterprises are using cloud computing more than ever, an IDC survey has revealed, increasing from 71 per cent in 2012 to 86 per cent in 2013.

IDC’s 2013 Australia End-User Cloud Survey also confirmed that the responsibility for selection of cloud service providers falls to the business unit (69.6{db8ca4bbfe57dc8f9b6df9233a3a6c04f4968125edf9bb330d4f787c3a87cd09}) more than the IT department (59.8{db8ca4bbfe57dc8f9b6df9233a3a6c04f4968125edf9bb330d4f787c3a87cd09}).

“Until 2012, cloud was primarily an IT label for IT infrastructure services delivered as a service. Now, cloud is no longer just an IT infrastructure play. Cloud-based business services being acquired by LOB managers will now drive growth in the use of externally sourced services. Cloud in 2013 is now business as usual for CIOs, IT managers, and LOB managers,” said Raj Mudaliar, senior analyst, Cloud Services Research, IDC Australia.

IDC estimates the total Australia public cloud services (which includes SaaS, PaaS and IaaS) to grow from A$884.4 million in 2012 to A$2,671.9 million in 2017, at a CAGR of 24.7{db8ca4bbfe57dc8f9b6df9233a3a6c04f4968125edf9bb330d4f787c3a87cd09} for the 5-year forecast period of 2013–2017.

Mudaliar added that by 2015, cloud will be just another delivery model for a range of “as-a-service” offerings that are based on infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS).

According to IDC, responses to the survey indicate that SaaS selection now focuses on industry-specific applications and process functionality to improve business performance. In 2013, hosted private cloud intentions are on the rise, with standardised services as part of the package-reducing demand for pure private cloud deployments. IDC expects that that services component will increase as larger and more complex projects get underway.

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