Gartner: global public cloud service revenues to exceed $260bn in 2017
A new report from independent research and advisory firm Gartner has been revealed, with the firm predicting that global cloud service expenditure will exceed $260bn in 2017, rising 18.5% from the $219.6bn recorded last year.
The strong growth can largely be attributed to firms increasingly looking to digitise their operations, with growth coming across the board in the software-as-a-service (Saas), Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) sectors.
"As of 2016, approximately 17 percent of the total market revenue for infrastructure, middleware, application and business process services had shifted to cloud,” said Research Director at Gartner, Sid Nag.
SaaS is expected to grow 21% this year, reaching $58.6bn, up as much as 21%, whilst PaaS is to grow to $11.4bn, up from $9bn.
"Final data for 2016 shows that SaaS revenue was far greater in 2016 than expected, reaching $48.2 billion," Nag continued. "SaaS is also growing faster in 2017 than previously forecast, leading to a significant uplift in the entire public cloud revenue forecast."
"Strategic adoption of PaaS offerings is also outperforming previous expectations, as enterprise-scale organizations are increasingly confident that PaaS will be their primary form of application development platform in the future.”
However, the IaaS will see the highest revenue growth from cloud system infrastructure services, with Gartner predicting a growth of 36.6% in 2017.
“In the IaaS segment, Amazon, Microsoft and Alibaba have already taken strong positions in the market,” Nag says, expecting that 70% of public cloud services will be dominated by the top 10 public cloud providers through 2021.
“In the SaaS and PaaS segments, we are seeing cloud’s impact driving major software vendors such as Oracle, SAP and Microsoft from on-premises, license-based software to cloud subscription models.”
Bank of England fears ‘concentrated power’ of cloud leaders
The Bank of England says the financial sector’s reliance on a few key cloud providers could be damaging to financial stability.
Without naming any specific providers, BoE governor Andrew Bailey told a news conference he was concerned about a few cloud providers having “concentrated power” over banks’ data.
Bailey accepted that cloud companies were able to provide a level of reliability and security that banks would not be able to deliver on their own, but cautioned that financial organisations were bound by terms and conditions that were beyond their control. As private companies, they were also in control of pricing.
Bailey said: "That concentrated power on terms can manifest itself in the form of secrecy, opacity, not providing customers with the sort of information they need to monitor the risk in the service. We have seen some of that going on."
The BoE's Financial Policy Committee had previously said additional policy measures were needed to mitigate financial stability risks in cloud computing.
"In terms of the standards of resilience and the testing of those standards of resilience, frankly we will have to roll some of that back, that secrecy that goes with it. It's not consistent with our objectives.
"We have got to strike a balance here," Bailey said, referencing the need for privacy linked to cybersecurity concerns versus the need for transparency in the financial sector.
In response, a Google Cloud spokesperson told Reuters: "We're committed to working with financial services customers and regulators to provide them with controls and assurances on risk management, data locality, transparency, and compliance." AWS and Microsoft had also been asked for comment.