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Cloud management and security driving public cloud services growth

Public cloud services in the mature Asia Pacific region are forecast to hit $7.4 billion in 2015, with cloud management and security key growth areas, says Gartner.

Those two areas are expected to account for $234.3 million in spend in 2015, a 21% increase on 2014 spending for cloud management and security.

The jump to $7.4 billion for overall public cloud services spend represents an 8.7% year on year increase and will put spend in the mature Asia Pacific region – which includes Australia and New Zealand – just under Japan’s cloud spending of $7.3 billion.

Fred Ng, Gartner senior research analyst, says organisations are continuing to seek out IT solution delivery methods that are more responsive to changing business needs like public clouds.

“Key factors driving cloud include organisational agility, cost benefits, increased innovation with the potential for transformation, and elements of user self-service and control when using the cloud,” Ng says.

He adds that speed of deployment is also a primary driver of cloud usage, potentially capable of reducing setup time from days/weeks to days/hours.

Come 2019, Gartner predicts total cloud spending in the mature Asia Pacific region will rise to $12.9 billion, with cloud management and security – along with software as a service – among the fastest growing public cloud services.

When it comes to what ‘as-a-service’ offerings will be leading the way in 2019, Gartner says software-as-a-service will claim the biggest share, at 25.7% of overall spend.

Infrastructure-as-a-service is predicted to claim 8.3% of the market, with newer entrant, business process-as-a-service (BPaaS) making up 7.7% of the overall market.

Platform-as-a-service is forecast to represent 2.7% of the market.

Gartner says the remaining 51.8% will come from cloud advertising.

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