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Cloud popularity will help lower prices, expert believes

Cloud computing as a whole had a majorly successful year in 2011 and is expected to carry some of that momentum into 2012 and beyond. Still, there are likely to be some kinks that will be worked on in the coming years as the cloud continues to grow more popular, IT expert David Linthicum recently wrote in an InfoWorld report.

One of the issues currently being resolved is the cloud's ability to keep data secure. This is because the technology is still relatively new to most people, including providers, and they often underestimate the security complexities the environments require, Linthicum noted. Still, the technology will mature and be more understood in the future, making it easier to manage.

Additionally, more companies are utilizing the cloud and there is no longer a doubt about it. As a result, competition in the market will likely require vendors to sell more services for less, Linthicum asserted.

In fact, the global market for the cloud is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of more than 26 percent through 2015 as companies around the world deploy the services, according to MarketsandMarkets. This expansion signifies that the popularity of the cloud is growing quickly.

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