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While much-hyped, cloud computing offers early adopters potentially significant benefits. However, important barriers to adoption have also been identified. This paper canvasses and discusses the 'State of play' of cloud computing risks. The paper reviews and compares 'State of practice' views on cloud computing adoption risks with 'State of art' research, based on commentary evidenced in a sample of blogs, industry press articles, white papers and industry presentations and a sample of research journal papers, respectively, published from January 2009 to September 2010. Gaps between the two are identified and discussed and conclusions drawn about cloud computing adoption, adoption risks, and research directions.
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