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The demand for cloud computing services in both the public and private sector is set to increase substantially, according to new research in from the International Data Corporation (IDC). Server revenue from the private cloud market revenue is expected to grow from $7.3 billion in 2009 to $11.8 billion in 2014. Its little brother in public cloud computing will see revenue growth of $582 million in 2009 to $718 million in 2014.
Private cloud computing can be defined as being designed to provide data access to a single enterprise or an extended enterprise, an internal shared resource instead of a commercial offering. The public cloud is an open space meant for a mainly unrestricted userbase designed for a market rather than an enterprise.
Cloud computing has been about for a while now, much vaunted - funnily enough, particularly by cloud space developers - as the sensible way to store company data. However some have been slow to adopt, many enterprises saying instead that a combination of both physical and cloud storage is the ideal way to operate.
Just under half of all respondents in the IDC survey have said that they are considering signing up to private cloud networks. Analyst Katherine Broderick has said that now is pretty much the best time to consider cloud technology and employing both public and private clouds to simplify IT networks.
IDC reckons, with its findings, that public clouds are far less likely to be enterprise focused than private clouds. It also thinks that, if current trends continue, it seems likely that public cloud servers will continue to be less broadly adopted than private clouds, which will grow but to nowhere near the same degree.