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Corporations Solidify Their Cloud Plans

  1. Larry Ellison
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    Larry Ellison

    After dismissing "the cloud" as “complete gibberish,” Oracle’s (ORCL) CEO is warming up to the term and pushing his company to excel in selling cloud technology and services.

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  2. Pixar
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    Pixar

    Earlier this year, the animation studio introduced RenderMan On Demand, a cloud service that all animators can use to create images and special effects.

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  3. NYSE Euronext
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    NYSE Euronext

    Trading and financial companies are invited to outsource their data infrastructure to Capital Markets Community Platform, a cloud created by the New York Stock Exchange’s (NYX) technology arm.

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  4. OpenStack
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    OpenStack

    This open-source project founded by NASA and data-hosting company Rackspace (RAX) two years ago has blossomed into an important utility for companies operating in the cloud.

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  5. Netflix
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    Netflix

    For help streaming films and television shows, Netflix (NFLX) uses Amazon Web Services.

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  6. Workday
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    Workday

    Dave Duffield, PeopleSoft’s founder, is challenging Oracle again with his latest software company for human resource departments.

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  7. Google
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    Google

    Larry Page, Google’s (GOOG) chief executive officer, hopes to conquer data hosting by introducing Compute Engine, a competitor to Amazon Web Services.

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  8. Private Clouds
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    Private Clouds

    To counter fears about cloud security, companies such as IBM (IBM) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are pushing private clouds that let customers store data on servers they don't share with others.

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  9. Ford
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    Ford

    The automaker (F), with help from Google, is working on a system that will predict where individual drivers are going and optimize their cars’ performance for energy consumption.

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  10. Biotech
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    Biotech

    Crunching the mountains of data required for medical research is increasingly being done with cloud computing.

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  11. IPOs
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    IPOs

    A number of cloud software companies have gone public this year, including ServiceNow (NOW), Splunk (SPLK), and Guidewire Software (GWRE).

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  12.  Watson
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    Watson

    After doing battle on Jeopardy!, IBM’s trivia-crazy computer is being tested for a new day job helping the medical and financial industries via the cloud.

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  13. Obama Administration
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    Obama Administration

    In an effort to save money, administration officials are pushing federal agencies to consolidate data centers and rely more on cloud computing as part of a “Cloud First” plan unveiled last year.

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  14. Online Storage
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    Online Storage

    A battle in online storage is unfolding between such companies as Dropbox and Box, as well as industry giants Google, Amazon (AMZN), and Microsoft (MSFT).

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  15. Big Cloud
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    Big Cloud

    Businesses will spend $109 billion on cloud computing in 2012, up from $91 billion the year before, according to researcher Gartner (IT).

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