Panda Cloud Protection
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In its report about emerging technologies and maturity cycles, Gartner identifies Cloud Computing as one of the 1,650 technologies that will define future trends. As the market is still maturing, there is considerable confusion concerning definitions: Cloud Computing versus SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) versus Cloud Security versus Security from the Cloud. All of them share a similar cloud-based framework, and represent the market segments set to expand most over the coming years, with a consequent decline in traditional applications based on local infrastructure. IDC predicts a market increase of 300% by 2013 and expects that the players who move towards this philosophy will be those that survive. Simply put, cost optimization is the main reason clients opt for IT services hosted in the cloud.