Everybody's head was in the cloud, or so it seemed in 2010. Both well established and startup vendors developed solutions and strategies designed to extend their reach or provide entry into this booming market. After all, IDC estimated the cloud market will be worth $55 billion by 2014; Gartner predicted the cloud world could be valued at $148 billion at that time, in part because Gartner included Google AdWords advertising revenue in its figures, said Gregor Petri, adviser, lean IT and cloud co
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Microsoft began to rapidly expand the options that could be accomplished with its Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS), seeking to make it a bastion of software development by making its Visual Studio tools operative there as well as inside the enterprise. Microsoft gave developers the ability to link database systems in the enterprise and cloud by allowing SQL Azure to synchronize with SQL Server. Its goal, said CEO Steve Ballmer, was to make cloud computing more accessible to Windows developers.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.