June 17, 2013, 12:39 PM — According to the IT industry trade association CompTIA, "over 80% of companies now claim to use some form of cloud solution, whether that be virtual machines that can be spun up on demand or applications that can be easily procured and put into use."
Right now there are three major trends driving cloud usage and deployment, says Laura Maio, director of customer solutions for Trend Micro. "First, organizations are using public cloud as a natural extension of their internal environments. Second, non-IT business groups are using the public cloud to gain faster access to server resources and storage. Third, IT organizations are being pressured to establish secure private cloud environments that function like public clouds, in order to win back non-IT business groups from the public cloud."
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