IT managers are eagerly embracing cloud computing as a viable option for decreasing complexity, a trend which will likely push worldwide cloud server revenue toward $9.5 billion by 2015, according to a survey by research firm IDC.

IDC found that IT managers are increasingly looking for systems that come pre-integrated and ready to be used in private cloud environments, or offsite in public cloud settings. Worldwide revenue for servers in public clouds is expected to reach $3.6 billion in 2015 and private cloud server revenue is on track to reach $5.8 billion.

“These evolutionary, and revolutionary, changes in IT deployment and business attitudes are having a profound impact on traditional IT environments,” Katie Broderick, a senior research analyst in enterprise platforms, data center trends and strategies, for IDC, said in a statement.

“Cloud computing can dramatically simplify administrating and managing many companies’ data centers and position IT as a service organization for the rest of the company,” added Broderick. “Off-loading some of the more mundane tasks to the cloud and freeing up manpower to focus on adding value to the business is critical to driving cloud adoption. But, up front costs are real, and choosing the right vendor to manage or deploy an environment is equally important.”

The survey found that public clouds are generally being built on simpler server hardware, with a focus on energy efficiency, density, and cost control. Reliability, availability, and serviceability for public clouds tend to be built into the software layer.



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