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    Cloud progress and projections foster job growth

    Growing businesses are constantly looking for solutions to improve their internal IT systems. The increased use of the cloud by corporations even government agencies make it a solution to improve productivity, fuel future growth, and give businesses flexibility their internal systems may not currently have.

    As the awareness of cloud computing gradually expands, IT managers are finding new ways to implement the technology in their daily operations. Whether it's through an internal system or a colocation data center, cloud adoption is growing swiftly. As a result, tech employment opportunities are also rising. Businesses making this digital transition are increasingly dependent on tech-savvy workers.

    A move to the internal cloud
    The Open Data Center Alliance, a global organization for enterprise cloud solutions, recently conducted a survey of its members on internal cloud computing operations. The group found that the number of respondents who have more than 60 percent of their operations in an internal cloud has increased from 10 percent to 24 percent since 2012. Meanwhile, survey respondents with one-fifth or less of their operations in internal cloud services declined by 23 percent.

    As one might expect from cloud adopters, security continues to be the main concern in regards to the technology. That said, 63 percent of respondents noted that they expect 40 percent or more of their services will be in internal clouds by 2016. That figure easily topped the 38 percent of respondents who said the same in 2012.

    "The results of our member survey validated the importance of interoperability between cloud vendors to expand enterprise adoption of cloud computing," said Reyk Bederke, chairman and president of the ODCA and vice president of the cloud integration center at T-Systems. "Our members are working together to drive the market toward inter-operable cloud services as they continue to push more operations into the cloud."

    Growth projections for the industry
    The cloud is projected to record an adoption rate of 30 to 40 percent per year over the course of the next five years, according to Business2Community. A customer study by Rise found that 94 percent of IT departments plan to increase their cloud use over the next 12 months.

    Business leaders are recognizing the many benefits of the technology and the potential ripple effects for the company as a whole.

    "Enterprises that embrace cloud computing reduce the amount of IT time and budget devoted to legacy systems and routine upgrades, which then increases the time and budget they have for more innovative projects," John F. Gantz, the chief research officer with IDC, a global market research firm, told the news outlet. "When IT innovation happens, business innovation is reached which then supports job creation."