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    2012 may be Known as the Year of the Cloud

    The world of technology has undergone a more than decade-long revolution, beginning with the rise of the internet in the late 1990s and early 2000s. More recently, social media, mobile devices and cloud-based solutions have exploded.

    In a recent blog for Reno Gazette-Journal, IQ Systems President Steve Cerocke suggested that 2012 "will go down as the year of cloud computing." Cerocke said that full-scale cloud adoption increase, and cloud-based solutions like data backup, file sharing and collaboration are rapidly growing.

    As more companies invest in cloud computing solutions, the technology continues to evolve as well. According to a recent CloudTweaks report, 2012 experienced a variety of cloud-based software trends, including:

    - Platform-as-a-Service became "an enterprise-ready technology," joining Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service. All three sectors are expected to gain popularity in the coming years, according to recent studies.

    - More organizations are feeling confident about moving mission-critical applications to the cloud. For example, a Gartner study found that approximately 40 percent of companies use cloud-based business process management solutions to perform at least 10 percent of their business functions.

    - Public cloud computing exceeded expectations,while hybrid cloud strategies are rapidly gaining popularity, too.