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Gartner: Cloud Services Will Be as Big as E-Biz

Cloud computing will be as influential as e-business over the next few years. This was the bold prediction from analyst firm Gartner this week, which expects more storage services to emerge from the Internet "cloud."

Businesses are now crossing the threshold” of using the Internet for communications, into a much more dynamic technology model, according to Daryl Plummer, managing vice president at Gartner. “Then we truly start to head for an economy based on consumption of everything from storage to computation to video to finance deduction,” he said, in a statement released this week.

Cloud services, which let users store and access data via the Internet, have become increasingly visible over recent weeks, touted as the silver bullet for users’ hardware and skills limitations.

A slew of vendors, including EMC and Amazon with its S3 service, have already thrown their weight behind cloud storage, and Gartner expects more firms to rubber-stamp the technology.

Cloud services are nonetheless still an emerging technology, according to the analyst firm, which warns that it could be "many years" before this is fully mature.

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