Cloud maturing as 'third platform'

Analyst offers glimpse of changing IT landscape

An IDC analyst predicts that by 2015, the cloud will be well on its way to becoming the “third platform” of IT, following in the footsteps of mainframes and client-server models.

Chris Morris, IDC’s research director for cloud technologies and services in APAC, says that with things such as increased investment in datacentres and reliable security, organisations using a combination of private and public cloud services will be “business as usual” in three years time.

“It’s just another platform that’s enabling a whole raft of new applications...that developers readily build from standard components, deliver quickly, and deploy on someone else’s infrastructure without that intensive investment phase at the beginning of the project,” Morris says. “There will be millions of apps because of this cheaper, quicker method of going to market with an application.”

Morris, who spoke at IDC’s Hybrid Cloud 2015 event in Auckland yesterday, suggested that the mature cloud will usher in a new age for IT, where non-traditional IT players will become competitive, many applications will be commoditised, and an increasing number of application purchases will be generated from analysts within particular business units. These will be based on workload requirements, not from a central CIO.

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