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Global Infrastructure - The Cloud Computing Revolution

Cloud computing deployment and development is gaining momentum around the world as the true potential of this technology reveals itself. It has become one of the fastest growing areas for the IT sector and cloud computing solutions are being adopted by enterprises; government and consumers alike.

For enterprises, the development of cloud computing takes the form of a business transition and company strategies and policies need to be changed before its potential can be monetised by businesses. Cloud computing should be seen as a valuable business tool – one that will differentiate the company from others.

Cloud security and privacy are issues which require scrutiny and there are growing concerns about data “ownership”. If these concerns can be overcome, along with the right standardisations and infrastructure put in place - then we will really see this industry thrive. The report explores some of the key issues and trends surrounding cloud computing. It provides key global statistics and a case study on cloud computing in China.

Latest developments:

In early 2013 around 5% of the top 1000 companies worldwide use cloud services; PaaS is currently concentrated on the developed markets but will eventually reach developing markets as the technology matures; Safety and security concerns are leading towards companies taking a “multi-cloud” approach and using two or more cloud solutions in order to minimise risk if one of the services becomes compromised in any way.

1. Synopsis
2. The cloud computing revolution
3. Cloud computing for government
3.1 Governments around the world adopting cloud services (g-clouds)
4. Cloud computing for enterprise
5. The complexities of cloud computing
5.1 Information technology
5.2 Cloud security
6. Unified Communications (UC) and the cloud
6.1 Early days
6.2 UC&C today
7. Cloud computing market statistics
8. Other recent trends
8.1 Growing competition for AWS
8.2 Cloud computing used for managing electronic devices
8.3 Network Attached Storage (NAS)
8.4 Mobile Cloud Computing
8.5 Cloud Computing for media and entertainment sectors
9. Case study: Cloud Computing in China
9.1 Background
9.2 Market size
9.3 Cloud computing investments and deployments
9.3.1 Heilongjing province
9.3.2 Hebei province
9.3.3 Chongqing
9.3.4 Shanghai
10. Conclusion
10.1 Cloud Computing requires business strategies
10.2 Cloud Computing in the trans-sector context
11. Related reports
Table 1 - Worldwide Platform as a Service (PaaS) revenue – 2011 - 2013
Exhibit 1 – Definition: Cloud computing
Exhibit 2 – Examples of key cloud models
Exhibit 3 – Examples of government cloud projects
Exhibit 4 – Cloud principles
Exhibit 5 – Examples of enterprise cloud projects
Exhibit 6 – IBM SmartCloud

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