October 12, 2011 – Security issues, regulation and legal responsibilities are still a concern among companies considering public cloud computing, yet variants of using private cloud remain attractive, according to a new report.

The Data Center Industry Census 2011 found that on a global scale, market investments in outsourcing are set to rise to $8 billion in 2012 for many users of data center services. A DatacenterDynamics report, “Technology Cycles and Cloud," also found that a substantial proportion of racks are and will be outsourced. In quantitative terms, the research sample indicates the United States is the largest market with 210,000 racks outsourced either to third party suppliers or to other offices. Yet variations exist in the proportion of outsourced racks from region to region; from as little as 3 percent in the Middle East, to as much as 28 percent in China and 30 percent in India.

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