January 23, 2012 – A pattern of regional cloud computing hubs will emerge in the next few years as community agencies and local governments optimize private deployments at the state level, according to a new report from research firm IDC.

The report from IDC’s government consulting division defines these regional cloud outlets as a government agency – most likely a state – offering computing services to other government agencies. Central to this is the small but growing trend of cooperative arrangements between state governments and their related agencies and communities to leverage a shared private cloud for SaaS, IaaS, storage and on-demand security.

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