The inevitability of cloud computing in the technology world was made clear in 2011 in terms of the growth in the number of firms adopting cloud as well as the variety of services and technologies coming on stream.
Issues like security, reliability and service level agreements (SLAs) are at the top of the agenda for many IT managers and CIOs looking to embrace the technology.
Locally firms are aware of this and while 2011 was about public and private cloud, hybrid cloud where firms get the best of both worlds is likely to dominate 2012.
The versatility and efficiency of cloud computing is not without its caveats and as we enter a new year debates around uptime, reliable storage and of course security will continue to rage.
But ultimately the real winner should be the end users, whose productivity and access to the data they need should make cloud computing a game-changer for the business world.
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