April 12, 2016 | BluPrairie
Tech Trends

Cloud warriors led by Amazon, Microsoft battle for $300B in spoils

, USA TODAY  |  Photo by Sean Gallup, Getty-Images

SAN FRANCISCO — The cloud wars are beginning to thunder.

Once largely a solution for start-ups that couldn’t afford to build out and maintain computing infrastructure, the cloud is fast becoming a cost-effective way for large corporations to manage their digital lifeblood.

A survey from research firm IDC last month found that 58% of companies planned to use web-based cloud services, up from 24% in last 2014.

The stakes are high: As more companies realize the benefits of shifting software and data off their own computers, tech heavyweights and their smaller cloud-focused competitors are battling more aggressively for these clients.