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    Study: Companies across Different Industries Moving Data to Cloud

    Although approximately half of consumers don't completely understand what cloud computing means, according to recent studies, people continue to use the technology at increasing rates.

    From accessing the internet via smartphones to storing personal documents, the cloud has become a part of consumers' everyday lives. More than anything, IT professionals believe that employees' personal cloud computing usage has driven the technology's growth spurt in the enterprise, according to a recent CDW survey. 

    "Organizations' adoption of cloud computing has steadily increased, which comes as no surprise given the growth of mobility and the consumerization of IT," said Stephen Braat, general manager of cloud solutions at CDW. "By aligning cloud services with critical applications and preferences of employees that use mobile devices, organizations can better capture business value that includes cost savings, increased efficiency, improved employee mobility, and an increased ability to create innovative new products and services."

    Nearly 40 percent of organizations are implementing or maintaining cloud-based solutions, according to the survey, compared to just 28 percent in 2011. While cloud computing is saving IT departments an estimated 13 percent annually, nearly three-quarters of tech professionals believe that the employees using the cloud more has driven enterprise adoption. Two-thirds of respondents said that their own use of cloud computing programs has impacted the way they've managed the technology. 

    Hybrid cloud strategies also appear to be on the rise, according to a separate study by Internap. Nearly 60 percent of IT decision-makers want to implement hybrid infrastructures, which would provide them with end-to-end management of their networks. 

    In addition, the study revealed that organizations across different industries are leveraging the cloud, from health and financial services to media and entertainment. For many of these organizations, hybrid solutions would provide the right mix of "security, control and customization advantages," said Raj Dutt, senior vice president of technology at Internap.