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A report released by the International Data Corporation suggests that public spending on cloud-based services could double by 2019.

The ‘Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide’ estimates that global spending on cloud-based services will increase by 19 per cent year-on-year – nearly six times the rate of IT spending growth.

The report states that whilst Software as a Service (SaaS) will remain the dominant cloud computing model, spending on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) will also dramatically increase.

Cloud computing is proving to be a key underpinning for business process transformation and business model transformation. With lower costs and easier implementation, the cloud infrastructure is becoming a key component for many tech initiatives.

The IDC’s report quantifies public cloud computing purchases by type and industry across 54 different countries. This comprehensive database allows the user to easily extract meaningful information about the public cloud services market by viewing data trends, relationships and data comparisons.

Analysts at the IDC expect large companies to be the primary drivers of public cloud service growth, with SME spending also increasing, making all cloud-based business attractive to providers.Telecommunications is forecast to be the fastest-growing vertical industry between now and 2019, alongside state and local government spending.

Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst at the IDC, Frank Gens said: “Over the past several years, the software industry has been shifting to a cloud-first (SaaS) development and deployment model. By 2018, most software vendors will have fully shifted to a SaaS/PaaS code base.

“This means that many enterprise software customers, as they reach their next major software upgrade decisions, will be offered SaaS as the preferred option. Put together, new solutions born on the cloud and traditional solutions migrating the cloud will steadily pull more customers and their data to the cloud.”

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