Gartner Inc. has forecast that by 2020, cloud technology will be the default option for virtually all companies in the information technology industry.
According to Gartner, “a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-Internet” policy is today,” and that cloud-only is already replacing the no-cloud stance that dominated many large providers in recent years, as most provider technology innovation today is cloud-centric.
“Aside from the fact that many organizations with a no-cloud policy actually have some under-the-radar or unavoidable cloud usage, we believe that this position will become increasingly untenable,” Jeffrey Mann, Research Vice President at Gartner says. “Cloud will increasingly be the default option for software deployment. The same is true for custom software, which increasingly is designed for some variation of public or private cloud.”
Gartner says this forecast does not mean that everything will be cloud-based, saying that while some concern will remain valid in some cases, the extreme of having nothing cloud-based will largely disappear.
“Hybrid will be the most common usage of the cloud — but this will require public cloud to be part of the overall strategy. Technology providers will increasingly be able to assume that their customers will be able to consume cloud capabilities,” says the forecast.
Gartner also forecasts that by 2019, more than 30% of the 100 largest vendors’ new software investments will have shifted from cloud-first to cloud-only, and that by 2020, more compute power will have been sold by IaaS and PaaS cloud providers than sold and deployed into enterprise data centers.