Accenture has unveiled its public cloud offering called Accenture Cloud Platform.
The Platform provides management and control over cloud services that are being delivered to clients, whether by Accenture or from a third party providers such as Microsoft, SAP and others.
Services on the Platform include public and virtual private cloud infrastructure, data decommissioning, software systems testing and big data analytics solutions in the cloud.
"We foresee the growing use of public cloud services and are uniquely positioned to offer the best of breed from a variety of vendors. We are committed to moving our extensive portfolio of cloud offerings, broad ecosystem of alliance relationships, and large global client base to the cloud in all forms - public, private and hybrid," said Jack Sepple, global senior managing director - Cloud, Accenture. He added that the Platform is already used by some 200 projects.
The Platform is part of Accenture's ongoing cloud-based initiative where it will invest more than US$400 million in cloud technologies, capabilities and training by 2015 to focus on delivering the right cloud services from its network of providers, as well as blending its own industry solutions and innovations with third party offerings.
According to IDC, the global market size for cloud will grow from approximately US$40 billion in 2012 to US$98 billion in 2016. This includes projections for software as a service (SaaS) to reach US$37 billion, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to reach US$30 billion, system infrastructure software as a service to reach US$20 billion, and platform as a service (PaaS) to reach US$10 billion by 2016.
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