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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A particular type of cloud software, NoSQL systems such as Cassandra and MongoDB gained currency and displaced relational database systems for very large tasks in the cloud. Cassandra took over the heavy lifting from MySQL at Twitter, and became the primary information sorting system at Facebook and Digg, as well. NoSQL doesn't meet the stringent transaction-completion test set for relational databases, so it isn't used for that purpose. But for sorting and maintaining large amounts of information quickly on a large server cluster, it excels. And when it comes to tweeting, wall postings, or online gaming, that's exactly what's needed today.
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.