Cloud computing will increase spending on server hardware, according to analyst house IDC.
The firm predicts that server hardware revenue for public cloud computing will grow from $582m in 2009 to $718m in 2014. Server revenue for the larger private cloud market will grow from $2.6bn to $5.7bn in the same time period, IDC added.
"Many IT decision makers are seriously considering cloud computing as a way to dramatically simplify their sprawling virtual and physical infrastructure," said Katherine Broderick, research analyst for Enterprise Platforms and Data Center Trends at IDC. "However, there is still some lingering apprehension over issues like integration, availability, security and costs. These concerns, and how they are addressed by IT vendors, will continue to guide the adoption of cloud computing over the next several years."
The firm also predicts that public cloud will see less take-up than private clouds and that they will be less enterprise-focused than private clouds.
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