The 10 Biggest Data Center Stories Of 2010


IDC this year said it expects server hardware revenue for public cloud computing will grow from $582 million in 2009 to $718 million in 2014, while server revenue for private cloud computing will grow from $2.6 billion to $5.7 billion in the same time period.

However, that spending may mask the fact that spending on cloud computing will cannibalize sales of other data center products, making it a painful transition for many vendors and solution providers.

IBM in November said it expects cloud computing to add about $3 billion of net growth to its business by 2015. However, for that to happen, IBM will have to actually grow its cloud business by $12 billion, as the growth in cloud computing is expected to erase $9 billion worth of sales of its current hardware, software, and services.