By Allie Philpin
Last week, IDC predicted that moving servers to cloud service providers and SaaS (software-as-a-service) is very much on the increase as we see a rise in the cloud computing, and it demonstrates the way servers are used in today’s business environments. IDC believes that as many as 30% of servers in 2014 will be shipped to cloud service providers, and could potentially increase to 45% over the next 4 years!
One reason for this is that IT departments are looking to reduce the number of servers they are managing, but there are other reasons which include the consolidation of data centres, requiring servers that are able to handle ever bigger amounts of data, and the implementation of virtualisation and/or SaaS technologies. However, this doesn’t mean that the server is disappearing, far from it, but there will be fewer being shipped, decreasing around 3.5% according to IDC. Around 10~% of companies looking to purchase servers will, in future, want servers that can be integrated and combined with networking, storage and software.
As cloud computing starts to take hold amongst the medium-sized organisations, those companies that want to move away from in-house systems and the management of them will look to third-platform technologies, saving time and resources as well as being cost-effective. Using today’s SaaS technologies, companies have the flexibility and scalability to add and replace services efficiently, with less time spent on maintenance and administration, without the need for additional hardware and being able to customise software as needed to enable the business to be more productive.
With the rise of medium-sized companies moving over to the cloud, vendors will have to be innovative to provide them the solutions to achieve their goals, particularly as IT people within these organisations don’t necessarily have the knowledge, let alone the time, to successfully integrate SaaS technologies. When they work with experienced vendors, they are able to source the best possible solution that also incorporates data security, big data analytics, BYOD, (bring-your-own-device) and other IT goals.
More and more cloud service providers are taking bigger steps to explore and become a bigger part of the server market, reaching out to the medium-sized companies and helping them to implement the best solutions to utilise the cloud so that they can increase productivity and fulfil their ambitions.