Cloud computing services continue to see growth, survey finds

Cloud computing continues to be deployed by large and small businesses alike, as the technology allows practically all organizations to save money and work more efficiently. However, as the services are more widely adopted, the specific applications in high demand will also change, causing the market to shift.

This is seen through InformationWeek's latest State of Cloud Computing survey which found that fewer companies will use Infrastructure-as-a-Service, while Software-, Platform- and virtualization services will grow in popularity. Of the 240 IT experts that were polled, 26 percent of them plan to deploy IaaS in 2012, according to the study.

Meanwhile, 57 percent of respondents said they already use SaaS and will continue to do so, while 42 percent user PaaS, according to InformationWeek. This indicates that organizations are looking to layer multiple services on their cloud deployments and are expecting the cloud to help them beyond simply lowering their operational expenses.

Additionally, security will be a bigger concern in 2012, after companies witnessed a record number of data breaches in 2011, according to a Datapipe report. With these trends emerging in the coming year, the need to classify technology as "cloud" will likely diminish as they become the norm.

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