A great, short piece on Forbes.com recently looked back and forward at Cloud: Interesting note:
According to a recent Carbon Disclosure Project report, companies that streamline operations to improve IT performance will not only reduce capital expenditures but they’ll shrink energy consumption and carbon emissions. The group estimated that, by 2020, U.S. organizations that move to the cloud could save $12.3 billion in energy costs and the equivalent of 200 million barrels of oil.
The article is well worth two minutes of your time. Here are some data:
In 2009, revenue for cloud services was just over $58.6 billion. In 2011, IT spending is expected to top $2.6 trillion. And with cloud computing accounting for just 2.3 percent of that global market, there’s plenty of room for growth. The research firm Gartner projects that revenue for cloud services will approach $152.1 billion in 2014.