11 Things You Should Know About the Cloud

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Eight out of 10 CIOs surveyed use the private cloud for at least some infrastructure needs, and six out of 10 consider cloud computing their top priority.

Remember when Oracle CEO Larry Ellison famously dismissed the cloud as "complete gibberish"? Or the days when you'd mention cloud computing in casual conversation with a non-techy friend or family member, and they'd have absolutely no clue what you were talking about? Clearly, those days are in the past, as the cloud is now a mainstream technology that is considered essential for business. Ninety-four percent of organizations surveyed are using cloud computing, and 58 percent have a hybrid (public and private) cloud strategy in place, according to the annual "2014 State of the Cloud Report" from RightScale. Given all the interest about this technology, there's been a lot of other research released about cloud investments and trends. So we've compiled the following slideshow to present a statistical snapshot of this dominant tech innovation. The information was adapted from a number of online resources, including those posted by Syntax, an IT hardware, software and services company, and SmartData Collective, an online community for data professionals.

This article was originally published on 2014-08-13
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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