If the service provider industry is looking a new vertical segment to chase for cloud service opportunities, they should look no further than the healthcare industry. A new In-Stat study, "Healthcare and Social Services Spending on Telecom Services: Wireline Voice, Wireline Data, Wireless, Cloud Computing, and VoIP by Size of Business," has forecast the healthcare industry will spend $518 million on IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) in 2015.
While wireless made up 40 percent of the healthcare and social service vertical's almost $16 billion telecom spending budget, cloud computing and managed services spending continues to rise. By 2013, the healthcare industry will spend over $1 billion on cloud computing services.
Greg Potter, analyst for In-Stat, said that the healthcare industry's "demand for cloud computing services in particular has exploded and we see nothing that would indicate that the trend won't continue at least through 2015."
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