Cloud computing will likely form a significant part of IT services over the next few years, but may not completely replace existing processes, according to Gartner.
Tom Bittman, vice-president and analyst at the market research firm, predicted that by 2012 there may be a combination of conventional IT architectures and cloud computing.
He commented that larger organisations will probably choose to continue deploying resources interally, but parts of this will involve private clouds.
The company noted that despite the economies of scale offered by public cloud systems - those that offer IT capabilities to external customers via the internet - it is private clouds which will see more growth.
Mr Bittman continued: "IT organizations will also take on IT service sourcing responsibility, determining when to leverage external providers, when to deploy internally, and when to leverage both for specific service."
Last month, Gartner published research indicating that worldwide server shipments fell by 17.1 per cent in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the same time period last year.