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Is Your City Cloud Computing Friendly?

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January 12, 2011 By

The future of IT appears cloud friendly, according to a study of the top 10 “cloud-friendly” U.S. cities, with Boston taking the top rank for being the most cloud-friendly for large companies and Washington, D.C., for small and medium business.

On Wednesday, Jan. 12, Microsoft released Cloud Computing as an Engine of Growth: Top U.S. Cities, a survey that includes information from 2,000 IT decision-makers in 10 U.S. cities.

The survey’s objective was to “better understand IT decision-makers across multiple industries, and their current and planned adoptions of cloud-based technology solutions to grow revenue, launch new lines of business, hire staff and innovate.”

The survey measured four major areas:

  • use of cloud computing-based services within two segments — small and medium businesses (1-249 employees), and enterprise-size companies (250-plus employees) — across multiple industries and markets;
  • perceived value of cloud-based computing in terms of business value, innovation and importance to critical business functions;
  • the benefits likeliest to lead to adoption of cloud services, such as saving money and creating new lines of business; and
  • which cities were furthest along — had the greatest concentration of companies — in adoption of cloud computing.


Some major findings in the survey showed that: 54 percent of national respondents said they’re hiring as a result of cloud services; 30 percent of small and medium businesses, and 44 percent of enterprise respondents think companies embracing the cloud are innovative; and while larger companies appear to be using and enjoying the cloud’s benefits, small and medium businesses haven’t fully embraced cloud computing as a business opportunity.

According to the study, the top 10 cloud-friendly cities for enterprise-size companies are:

1.    Boston

2.    New York City

3.    Dallas

4.    San Francisco

5.    Atlanta

6.    Washington, D.C.

7.    Philadelphia

8.    Los Angeles/Orange County, Calif.

9.    Chicago

10.   Detroit

The top 10 cloud-friendly cities for small and medium businesses are:

1.    Washington, D.C.

2.    San Francisco

3.    Philadelphia

4.    Los Angeles/Orange County, Calif.

5.    Boston

6.    Dallas

7.    Atlanta

8.    Detroit

9.    Chicago

10.    New York City

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