iMiller Public Relations recently sat down with Global Capacity’s Chief Revenue Officer, Ben Edmond, to discuss how and why cloud and network are necessarily intertwined within today’s marketplace. Here are his thoughts:
iMPR: From your perspective, what is the overall cloud outlook for 2014 and beyond?
BE: The cloud marketplace continues to explode, with deployment growing over 32 percent last year alone. By 2015, end-user spending on cloud services is expected to surpass $180 billion. We’re also seeing a fundamental shift in where business applications are sitting, moving from traditional client server architecture and the four walls of the enterprise to third-party data centers, or the ‘cloud’. Gartner predicts that by 2015, 35 percent of IT spending actually takes place outside of IT; by the end of the decade, this figure is expected to top 90 percent. This is driving unprecedented demand into the network platform as well as into the data center. The customer for cloud solutions has changed from IT to the end-user. With this shift, the network becomes a critical facet in the delivery of the user experience.