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Cloud Definitions and Opportunity

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This IDC Market Spotlight begins with definitions of cloud and its various forms and then goes on to outline the vast and growing adoption of cloud technologies.

In 2008, IDC started to notice the IT industry was at the beginning of a hyper-disruption – one of those massive shifts that comes along every 20–25 years. In 2011, we had seen enough to give it a name: the 3rd Platform. The new era of technology is built on the four technology pillars for innovation and growth: cloud, mobile, big data, and social technologies.

 

Of these four pillars, cloud perhaps represents the biggest disruption. That’s because it changes the way companies consume and pay for access to technology. But more and more these days, companies are realizing that, beyond a better way to consume software, the cloud offers them brand-new ways to solve their business problems. Simply consider some of the file synchronization services that allow someone to see his/her files on any device, anywhere. New capabilities like this and others are unleashing the imaginations of companies across the globe, tackling business problems with the cloud that were previously unsolvable.

 

This IDC Market Spotlight begins with definitions of cloud and its various forms and then goes on to outline the vast and growing adoption of cloud technologies. If you want a better understanding of what cloud is and how fast it’s growing, please read on.

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