Gartner Research

Forecast Overview: Public Cloud Services, Worldwide, 2014 Update

Published: 09 September 2014

ID: G00261926

Analyst(s): Ed Anderson


Market forces are driving organizations to seek out IT solutions that are more agile and responsive to changing business needs. In response, IT spending directed toward public cloud services continues to grow. Here, we outline key forces shaping the forecast for the public cloud service markets.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Companion Documents

Market Description

  • Public Cloud Service Market Taxonomy
  • Public Cloud Service Market Characteristics
    • IT Capabilities Delivered as Shared Services
    • Shifting Capital Expense Models to Operating Expense Models
    • Extension of Existing IT Environments
    • Replacement of Traditional Hardware, Software and Services
    • Public Cloud Services Are a Form of IT Outsourcing
  • Adoption Drivers and Inhibitors
    • Cost
    • Business Benefits
    • Security and Risk

Foundational Assumptions

  • Demand Factors
    • IT Budgets
    • IT Spending Plans
  • Supply Factors
    • Cloud Business Process Services (BPaaS)
    • Cloud Application Services (SaaS)
    • Cloud Application Infrastructure Services (PaaS)
    • Cloud System Infrastructure Services (IaaS)
    • Cloud Management and Security Services
    • Cloud Advertising
  • IT Deployment Models
    • Software
    • Hardware
    • Services

Market Model or Methodology

  • Market Forecast Methodology
    • Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud
    • Hybrid IT
  • Currency Exchange Rates

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