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Companies look to take advantage of the cloud in 2011

Rachel Wheeler

January 25, 2011

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Cloud computing uptake is expected to rise this year as businesses look to take advantage of the "choice and flexibility" that the technology offers.

Indeed, ThinkGrid has suggested that organizations are becoming increasingly frustrated by the cost and hassle of managing aspects of their own in-house IT infrastructure.

As such, the benefits of implementing hosted cloud computing services are likely to sway the minds of many IT managers.

"They want more choice and flexibility around IT and cloud delivers on this. Companies are asking themselves why they should continue with the status quo, making upfront capital expenditure investments and carrying all the risks associated with large scale IT implementations," Rob Lovell, chief executive officer at ThinkGrid, said.

Mr Lovell was commenting on the latest research conducted by Gartner which forecast that cloud computing will be the top technology priority for chief information officers in 2011.

The firm said that modest growth of IT budgets will increase the importance of finding and adopting new infrastructure and operations technologies.

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