In 2020, the cloud computing market is worth $241 billion, twice the amount China spent on arms in 2011.*

By 2020, the use of cloud computing cuts data center energy use by 38 percent.**

In 2020, 5,200 GB of digitized data is available per person, 15 percent of which resides in the cloud.***

DUP571_Cloud_Orchestration_1000x1375-500x500Cloud computing takes center stage in 2020, accelerating the capabilities of technologies like mobile and analytics. Remote computing services allow mass collaboration around huge data sets, bringing affordable scale to computationally intensive problem-solving. Cloud computing closes the digital divide by making collaboration across distance and disciplines both possible and cheap. Governments use hybrid clouds to share information while protecting sensitive data; and technology firms provide analytical capabilities through cloud platforms.

See: Cloud orchestration

See: Race to the cloud


Cloud computing in 2020:

  • Hybrid cloud computing help governments house sensitive data in internal systems and the rest on the cloud; striking a balance between cost and data security.
  • Open clouds based on open standards allow governments to share valuable data with citizens, ushering a new era of transparency.
  • Interclouds enable government departments to cherry-pick cloud components from various companies; it acts as a one-stop cloud shop.
  • Modular software development process in cloud application allow changes in applications to take place without taking the program offline.
  • Cloud-based analytics revolutionizes an agency’s analytics capabilities by reducing cost dramatically and enabling access to data across government agencies.




*”Cloud Computing Market Will Top $241 Billion In 2020,” CIO Systems,
**”Cloud Computing Could Cut Data Center Energy Use 38% by 2020,” Environmental Reader,
***”By 2020, there will be 5,200 GB of data for every person on Earth,” CIO,


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