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Cloud computing adoption slower than expected

The number of businesses investing in cloud computing is steadily increasing, although at a slower rate than many analysts initially expected. According to the latest study by InformationWeek Reports, 33 percent of companies are currently using cloud services, compared to 31 percent in 2011.

In contrast, virtualization remains a necessity for organizations, as decision-makers know they will implement the technology, just not when they will do so. Still, the number of businesses that say they aren't interested in cloud computing has been steadily decreasing over the past five years, the report said. In 2008, 50 percent of companies shied away from the cloud and now that number is at 27 percent.

The cloud adoption rate is still relatively low for several reasons, including that IT professionals see the technology as completely changing how they operate and that decision-makers have a hard time comparing vendors. As a result, cloud computing providers should be more open and give more metrics to help companies make more confident decisions, InformationWeek said.

Nevertheless, the cloud computing market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of more than 26 percent through 2015, according to MarketsandMarkets, suggesting that there is still a bright future for the technology.

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