That doesn't include spending on internal cloud-computing infrastructures or services or spending on consulting, development or migration to internal cloud structures, which remain, by far, the variety of cloud computing favored by large companies.
So how can something that automates a lot of the work of maintaining computers create that many more jobs working with computers?
It can't. At least, it can't create that many IT jobs. And it can't create than many jobs in the U.S. at all.
At least half the 14 million jobs IDC is predicting will be generated by the cloud will be in other countries; of the others, most will be jobs in business functions, not IT, which ultimately benefits the company and economy more than IT jobs could, but which do nothing for IT people worried about being out of work.
Wait, isn't the cloud supposed to kill the IT department?
Most studies focusing on cloud computing – because they're written for corporate IT executives and vendors selling expensive services to them – have had dour things to say about the future of IT employment.
Cloud computing is so fundamental a change in the economics, use and delivery of computing power that it will change the role and responsibilities of everyone from the CIO to the rawest sysadmin according to analysts at Gartner, Forrester, IDC and other analyst companies.
The greatest benefit of IT automation is not to support a human IT workforce, but to replace it according to a Gartner on the link between cloud computing and jobs presented at a Gartner conference in Orlando in October.
As cloud computing expands and eliminates the need for much of the manual work of systems administration, many of those jobs will either disappear or move from internal corporate IT to external service providers, though it will result in a net loss in those jobs overall, according to Gartner.
Few IT job descriptions will actually disappear, but most will change dramatically as sysadmins expand their role from the health of a few physical servers to the performance and security of applications and virtual servers that cross many geographical and departmental boundaries, according to Rachel Dines, infrastructure and operations analyst at Forrester.