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Top 10 Cloud Stories Of 2010

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.

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