Private cloud spending is increasing, not decreasing

Once again, IDC has thrown cold water on the notion that enterprises are looking to shut down their data centers and instead are looking to grow them. And a new form of IT spending is taking place.

The latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC) found revenue from sales of IT infrastructure equipment grew 48.4 percent year over year in the second quarter of 2018 to $15.4 billion.

Quarterly spending on public cloud IT infrastructure was $10.9 billion in the second quarter of 2018, a 58.9 percent year-over-year growth, while private cloud spending reached $4.6 billion, an increase of 28.2 percent year over year.

By end of the year, IDC projects public cloud spending will account for 68.2 percent of total IT equipment spending, growing at an annual rate of 36.9 percent. That’s not surprising, though, as Amazon, Microsoft, Google, etc., buy servers in the tens of thousands of units.

IDC raised its forecast for total spending on cloud IT infrastructure in 2018 to $62.2 billion with year-over-year growth of 31.1 percent, and that’s over three different cloud computing deployment models: public cloud, private cloud off-premises, and private cloud on-premises. Unfortunately, IDC did not break down on-prem vs. off-prem sales, but it is clearly a growing market.


What’s new and growing is private cloud off-premises. This is where a company buys and owns the equipment, but the equipment is hosted in a cloud provider’s facilities, like Equinix, CoreSite, and Digital Reality. This allows enterprises to either expand their data center capacity without having to make the capital investment or divest itself of the headache of running a facility, which is harder and more expensive than the computers.

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