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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Amazon expanded its list of servers that could be run by the hour. It added to the low end a Micro Instance, with about half the memory allocated of a small Standard instance. Then Amazon, led by Jeff Bezos, created two options for high performance computing where customers could rent clusters of interconnected servers in the Cluster Compute Instance and the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) Cluster Instance. That brought to 10 the number of options it was offering at hourly rates that ranged from two cents an hour up to $2.60 an hour. And it prioritized availability for the first time by bringing forth the option of using reserved resources at a higher monthly rate instead of always relying on on-demand resources.
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.