May 11, 2010 – It’s no secret that demand for both private and public cloud computing is up, but the degree to which it is expected to grow is significant.

Market research firm IDC expects server revenue for the public cloud to be $718 million in 2014, up from $582 million last year. Revenue from the larger and more popular private market is expected to rise to $11.8 billion from $7.3 billion during the same time period, according to the report.

Signs of economic recovery, aging servers and an increasing desire to better manage complex virtual and physical infrastructure is driving demand for both the private and public cloud. But, the private cloud is more likely to be broadly adopted than the public, according to the report.

“For public cloud computing the typical server is going to be lower cost per server than private, which is highly optimized for the workload its running,” says Katherine Broderick, research analyst of enterprise platforms and datacenter trends at IDC.

Many vendors are strategically moving into the cloud to simply their sprawling IT environments, but it’s important to view the cloud in pieces, says Broderick. “People are talking about cloud as if it’s one thing. But, IT managers see it a something different. It’s about security and cost for the public cloud, and for private, it’s how mature the technology is as well as its difficulty integrating it with existing infrastructure.”

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