Cloud takes up 10 percent of external IT spend, says Gartner

A tenth of all outsourcing spend over 2010 will have gone on cloud services including software, business processes and infrastructure as a service, according to analyst firm Gartner.
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Over a tenth of IT spending on outsourcing during 2010 will have been on external cloud services, according to analyst firm Gartner.

IT managers and budget decision-makers who took part in a survey said that, on average, 10.2 percent of spending on external IT services in 2010 will have gone to external cloud service providers, said Gartner in a statement on Wednesday. More than 1,500 people were interviewed for the survey.

"The cloud market is evolving rapidly, with 39 percent of survey respondents worldwide indicating they allocated IT budget to cloud computing as a key initiative for their organization," said Bob Igou, a research director at Gartner, in the statement. "This is yet another trend that indicates a shift in spending from traditional IT assets such as the data center assets and a move towards assets that are accessed in the cloud."

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