Long predicted to fundamentally shift the way workloads are managed, cloud computing has emerged as a game-changing information and communications technology (ICT) phenomenon with a wide array of benefits for businesses and consumers. Although to date worldwide cloud adoption has been impressive, even quicker uptake may be in store in the next several years. As in other ICT subsectors, U.S. cloud providers have earned leading global positions. One major report polled over 350 companies from around the world, finding that 17 of the top 20 enterprise cloud services came from companies based in the United States.1 Further, on technology industry research firm Gartner’s May 2014 “Magic Quadrant for Infrastructure as a Service” grid, a widely-followed tool dividing vendors based on their status as market leaders, niche players, or other roles, all but two of the 15 providers plotted were U.S. companies.
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Brian Larkin served as the lead author of this report, with Michael Rose as co-author and major contributor. They would like to thank Duncan Archibald, Oraphan Boonyalug, Alex Choi, Charles Defranchi, Tracey Ford, Doris Groot, Philip Hammerstein, Mathias Koeckeritz, Sandeep Maini, Patricia Marega, Isabelle Roccia, Rika Saito, Jane Shen, Richard Stanbridge, Teresa Verthein, and Sophie Xiao of the U.S. Commercial Service, as well as Anne Flatness formerly of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, for their gracious assistance.