A Gartner study revealed that by 2015, 20% of non-IT global 500 companies will be cloud service providers.

This might come as a shock to many IT leaders. On top of that, the report, “Gartner’s Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users, 2011 and Beyond: IT’s Growing Transparency,” predicts that by 2015, 80% of enterprises using external cloud services will demand independent certification that providers can restore operations and data.

Are you surprised by the predictions in this report? Do you think these stats are Hype, and not an accurate prediction of the future of IT, or is this Ripe, and you agree with these predictions?

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