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Clouds With Industry-Specific Compliance Built In

Todd Neff | March 19, 2013

The arguments for industry-specific cloud computing are becoming more compelling.

Take the pay-as-you-go cost advantages and expand-as-you-need flexibility the cloud affords, and add layers of industry-specific processing, security, and compliance. Indeed, ever since a couple of high-profile industry-specific cloud providers emerged in 2011, such as the NYSE Technologies' Capital Markets Community Platform and SITA's ATI Cloud for the air-transport industry, industry-specific clouds –also known as community clouds–have continued to proliferate.

But it has been quieter than was the case with the initial pulse of public cloud uptake few years ago, said David Linthicum, an independent cloud consultant and InfoWorld blogger. He suspects there's a reason for that. “At the end of the day, we're building what are in essence enterprise applications, just in a way...

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