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Indian public cloud spend grows faster than rest of world

Techtarget India contributor

Organizations in India will increase their spending on public cloud services by almost 30% in 2014, which is predicted to be worth $1.3bn by 2017.

According to the latest research from Gartner, India is one of the world’s fastest growing markets for public cloud services.

“The market for public cloud services in India continues to expand at rates outpacing much of the rest of the world,” said Ed Anderson, research director at Gartner.

He added that increased demand for the business benefits and cost efficiencies will drive growth across almost all cloud market segments up to 2017.

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Gartner said from 2013 to 2017, $4bn will be spent on cloud services in India. Software as a Service (SaaS) is expected to be the largest overall segment, followed by infrastructure as a service, with $76m to be spent in 2014 and business process as a service where $73m will be invested in the next 12 months. IT spending on public cloud services in India is expected to reach $1.3bn in 2017.

Government of India recently launched its cloud project, GI Cloud or Meghraj as it is known, which promises to cut costs and speed up the adoption of IT in government organizations.

According to research from TechTarget, 54.8% of Indian CIOs will increase cloud computing budgets in 2014, with SaaS the most common service planned,.

The research also revealed the external cloud services that Indian businesses plan to use in 2014. SaaS was the number one choice with 47.7% of respondents planning to use it in 2014. Platform as a service was the next most planned cloud investment with 39.2% planning investments.