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  • Marijan Hassan - Tech Journalist

Spend on Cloud infrastructure to hit $90 billion in 2022 as Cloud adoption continues

Market intelligence firm, IDC has predicted that global businesses will spend more on cloud infrastructure than on off-cloud infrastructure in 2022. IDC estimates that before the year ends $90.2 billion will have been spent on cloud infrastructure.

Non-cloud infrastructure is expected to grow just 1.8 percent to $60.7 billion

This was concluded after findings from their recently published ‘Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Infrastructure Tracker: Buyer and Cloud Deployment’ report revealed that spending on compute and storage infrastructure products for cloud deployments stood at $18.3 billion in the first quarter of 2022 (1Q22), signifying a 17.2 percent increase from last year

To break it down further, IDC reported that spending on shared cloud infrastructure increased by 15.7 percent compared to the previous year to reach $12.5 billion. Additionally, spending on dedicated cloud infrastructure reached $5.9 billion in 1Q22, a 20.5 percent increase from last year.

Shared cloud services also known as public cloud services refer to cloud infrastructure created to cater for multiple unrelated enterprises rather than a single enterprise in a specific market.

Dedicated cloud services, on the other hand, refer to private cloud infrastructure offered as subscriptions or managed service agreements to a specific enterprise.

Last week, IDC also released its Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Tracker that analyzes Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service – System Infrastructure Software (SaaS – SIS), and Software as a Service.

The firm estimates that the total spend by all businesses globally stands at $408.6 billion with Microsoft being the biggest benefactor.

14.4 percent of that spending went to Microsoft while AWS came close with 13.7 percent.

SaaS was the most invested in technology accounting for $177.8 billion of the total spending. That means almost half of the money spent on cloud technology went to SaaS. And seeing as Microsoft has the biggest SaaS portfolio compared to competitors, then it makes sense why the company came out top.


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