Cloud IT infrastructure spend will scrape $70B this year

techhq | May 07, 2020

Cloud IT infrastructure spend will scrape $70B this year
Cloud computing has served as a lifeline in the business disruption caused by the pandemic. While interest, and investment, in cloud has been surging for years now, we can expect a further turbo injection as a direct result of the current climate. Billions of private and business users now take advantage of this on-demand technology – 78 percent of companies were already using public or private cloud in 2019, according to IDC data. It’s changed the way people communicate, manage data and do business, and has made advanced capabilities like data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence accessible to really any company that wants them.

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The emergence virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is one of the most exciting events in computing in recent years. VDI is a new architectural model in which an operating system typically a Windows Client runs on a server based virtual machine (VM). VDI presents a wealth of opportunities for small and midsize businesses to reduce hardware and software costs, improve efficiency and support data security, as well as provide staff with a more streamlined and less frustrating computing experience.

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The emergence virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is one of the most exciting events in computing in recent years. VDI is a new architectural model in which an operating system typically a Windows Client runs on a server based virtual machine (VM). VDI presents a wealth of opportunities for small and midsize businesses to reduce hardware and software costs, improve efficiency and support data security, as well as provide staff with a more streamlined and less frustrating computing experience.

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techerati | May 12, 2020

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Qualitest | August 25, 2021

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DataBridge | December 14, 2021

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