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IDC projects healthy public cloud services growth through 2016

The latest prognostication about public cloud computing from IDC calls for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.5 percent between now and 2016 – with$43.2 billion in revenue anticipated by the end of the forecast period. (That compares with $18.5 billion in 2011.)

This forecast doesn’t include private cloud infrastructure or hybrid cloud integration work; it only covers services that are “shared among unrelated enterprises and consumers, open for a largely unrestricted universe of potential users, and designed for a market, not a single enterprise.”

The three biggest verticals for public cloud services right now are discrete manufacturing, professional services and process manufacturing, according to IDC’s report, “U.S. Public IT Cloud Service by Industry Sector.”

Indeed, professional services alone accounted for nearly 40 percent of all public cloud services in spending during 2011, according to the data.

The verticals that will grow fastest, however, moving forward are communications and media, education and construction.

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is the most active segment of the public cloud services world right now, accounting for 12.3 percent in 2011. By 2012, it will still account for 12.9 percent of spending, according to IDC’s projections.

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its a phone o/s not a desktop o/s
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No - just as I wouldn't use a bicycle to haul 20 tonnes up the motorway. Use the right tool for the job !
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How would I run mylegacy apps. It's bad enough getting them to run under Win8
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No applications require Android specifically at this point.
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ANY
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Because Android is great for phone/tablet not a desktop for all the reasons you mention above.
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I'd use it as a thin client OS.
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Why not? The absence of a compelling reason to do so in the first place for most situations. The core reasons to do so would be in alignment with the move towards more mobile computing. Desktop OSes in turn are rapidly adjusting to market demand for this. I feel that they are, on the most part, going to succeed in this convergence.
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It would be a learning experience for me.
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I've been using it!
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Experimental research
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No. Noone has asked about it and who has the time?
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M/S has done a good job of driving me away from all of their products. Linux would now be my desktop of choice. Having an Android DT would be a learning situation. If it fully matured into a business model desktop, not having to relearn it since my phone is Android would be a plus. And I believe apps would be cheaper.
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Because for Desktops you do not need an Open platform with fragmentation! Plus the OS at this time is not the key issue when Apple's OS is about $20. The key issue is the cost of applications, where will the applications come from? This will be a totally new era with a host of issues.
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why?
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To replace MS Windows and run Open Office. Microsoft is moving all licensing to a taxation model as exampled by VDI.
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No as it has to many dis-advantages by not being able to work on a standard desktop enviroment.
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Yes but with an Emulator [there are some out there] to run WhatsApp on the PC..,
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and for curiosity, to find out HOW will all the Apps and Games whould run and behave ...
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replacement for WinXP on workstations in our company.
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You are not updated. Please check our enterprise technologies, android based, fully managed, secure, citric ready and totally compatible with vmware horizon and support also rep and remotefx. We have just joined partnership with teamviewer and we support also remote as assistance. We are compliant with all MDM mam technologies like Symantec appcenter, airwatch, xenmobile. We have released our central management deploy for central deploy and management of apps, status health and ota firmware upgrade. We support also video call like Skype and we have also integrated DRM.
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I've already installed x86 with vmplayer. Just to try and test XBMC on android.
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I'd like to try it eventually as a lightweight thin client OS to run distributed applications.
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Testing Android Apps under development and taking advantage of some of the best of the android-only apps.
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It is built for touch devices (tablets, smartphones), not desktops and the app support for it isn't there yet.
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