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Cloud computing in 2012: Growing up fast

As 2012 begins to wind down, we at Quest are finding that interest in Cloud computing continues to wind up. Our experience is borne out by recent research, which indicates that the business drivers for Cloud computing haven’t shifted much. Here’s a chart from North Bridge Venture Partners’ 2012 report:

Graph showing Cloud drivers including: Cost saving, efficiency, etc.

Notice how similar its findings are to those of last year’s IBM study:

Graph showing benefits of Cloud computing including: flexibility, reduced operating expenses, and efficiencies.

This year-over-year similarity suggests to me that the reason Cloud drivers remain essentially the same now as they were a year ago is because Cloud computing really does what its providers say it will.
That’s important, given that two thirds of those surveyed in the North Bridge Venture Partners’ 2012 report indicate they’re already deploying Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications and three-quarters of them will be building software with Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) within the next five years.

No doubt about it — the Cloud computing model is the most dramatically disruptive technology since … well, you tell me. Which would you pick? The minicomputer? The introduction of client/server architectures? The PC? The Internet?

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting more about the implications of Cloud computing as 2013 approaches.

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