Worldwide businesses spending more on IaaS

It seems businesses are seeing the benefits of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) as Gartner says this is helping to fuel growth in the cloud market.

Under its analysis of the worldwide IT outsourcing market, which is predicted to grow to $288 billion (£190.7 billion) in 2013, it looked into the way that the cloud market was performing. Indeed, cloud and data centre services are growing in popularity as companies see the benefits of moving storage and networks onto the cloud.

Research vice president at Gartner Bryan Britz said: "Enterprise buyers pursuing hybrid IT strategies and small and midsize business buyers adopting IaaS are key drivers in cloud and data center service segment growth rates. The global market size for data center outsourcing is in gradual decline due to workloads moving to IaaS and to infrastructure utility services exceeding the net-new adoption of data center outsourcing."

IaaS allows businesses to set up networks and storage, with the help of their cloud service provider. It is more flexible than having an in-house network as businesses can ask to have this adapted or have their storage increased as and when they need it.

What's more, businesses that host their networks in the cloud can more easily adopt the bring your own device (BYOD) trend. Looking at Gartner's predictions, it seems certain that businesses are becoming more keen to used BYOD. It says that outsourced support for mobile devices will continue to rise through to 2017, with the keenness of enterprises to let employees use their own smartphones or tablets as one of the main reasons for this.

Yet, while investment in cloud services is seeing growth, economic pressure on businesses around the world are hindering spending somewhat. This is evident not only in cloud but in all sectors of the IT outsourcing market, according to Mr Britz.

For companies that have infrastructure set up in-house, investing in the cloud may not seem appealing at first. However, integrating this with the cloud is a much cheaper and faster way to expand their capabilities moving forward.