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Public cloud revenue to soar in 2019

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The global public cloud services market is set to grow  byalmost a fifth (17.5 per cent) this year, hitting $214.3 billion, a new prediction by Gartner says.

Last year, the market hit $182.4 billion.

Cloud system infrastructure services, also known as IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) is the fastest-growing market segment, and much is expected of it. Gartner expects 27.5 per cent growth this year, hitting $38.9 billion, up from $30.5 billion last year. PaaS, or Platform-as-a-Service, is expected to be second best, hitting 21.8 per cent growth.

More than a third of businesses consider cloud investments one of the three biggest priorities for the year. By the end of the year, more than 30 per cent of tech providers’ new software investment will have changed from cloud-first, to cloud-only, Gartner concludes.

License-based software is in for a bumpy ride, with sales spiralling downwards, while SaaS and subscription-based models continuing to register growth.

“Cloud services are definitely shaking up the industry,” said Sid Nag, research vice president at Gartner. “At Gartner, we know of no vendor or service provider today whose business model offerings and revenue growth are not influenced by the increasing adoption of cloud-first strategies in organisations. What we see now is only the beginning, though. Through 2022, Gartner projects the market size and growth of the cloud services industry at nearly three time the growth of overall IT services.”

The full report can be found on this link (opens in new tab).

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Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.