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Not only are more businesses adopting some form of cloud technology, they are feeling better doing it. A recent survey of 500 IT decision-makers found that 85 percent felt more positive about the benefits of using cloud computing, up from 72 percent in 2011, according to The Wall Street Journal. The survey, conducted by IT industry association CompTIA, found that more than eight in 10 companies use some form of cloud technology. For many companies, the cloud is defined by a SaaS offering like Web email, but almost a quarter reported that cloud components made up between 30 percent and 50 percent of their overall IT architecture. More than half said they planned to increase investments by 10 percent or more over the course of the year. When asked to identify the top driver for cloud implementation, 50 percent of respondents picked "Cost-cutting," but "Simply better op... (more)

Cloud to Be Most Disruptive Technology of 2013

As more organizations move critical data to the cloud, security takes on ever-increasing importance, according to a recent report on cloud security. The Security for Business Innovation Council, consisting of IT security professionals from 19 companies worldwide, called cloud computing the main disruptive force for 2013. In its report, "Information Security Shake-Up," the group said it was evident many organizations are preparing to move more business processes to the cloud. This year, it will even be "mission-critical apps and regulated data" consigned to the cloud, according to ... (more)

Cloud Continues Its Move into the Mainstream

Big businesses are finding out they have something in common with their smaller counterparts. Both like to save cash, and both like to be prepared in the event of a disaster. And they have an affinity for the cloud. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal found large organizations are adopting cloud technology for many of the same reasons held by smaller organizations: greater flexibility and cost savings, resiliency in the face of natural disasters and the ability to implement new technologies without long-term commitment. While they acknowledge concerns about cyber-security,... (more)

Cloud Computing: A Retrospective

Symantec recently took a stroll down memory lane to revisit the first seeds of cloud computing that took hold more than a half-century ago. Symantec created an interactive timeline that illustrates the history of cloud computing, highlighting just how far the technology has progressed. The interactive map, however, does more than just recall the roots of cloud computing; it provides an opportunity to look ahead as well. Symantec has plans to help usher in an era of safe, agile and efficient cloud computing. It recently outlined a strategy to get there, which includes providing com... (more)

Why Cloud Computing Is Booming

That boom you hear? That's the cloud. Cloud computing is experiencing serious growth - even the Department of Defense is joining the party. However, some people are a little concerned about giving up hard copies and going completely virtual. Getting on this bandwagon is a great idea that can save money and time (assuming the cloud server chosen has a solid reputation). Here are some reasons, posted on an article on HuffingtonPost.com, cloud computing is gaining in popularity. It Saves Money (and the Environment) Keeping paper copies, updating them, making more copies to distribute,... (more)