After five years, the IT industry seems to now accept cloud computing as a viable option for building infrastructure, storing data, and running applications. While some lingering confusion might still remain, businesses are advancing through four stages of progress as they transform their operations.

On the channel side, solution providers have also embraced cloud computing as a path to greater opportunity. While most firms are bullish on the potential cloud can bring to the bottom line, they are still working through the challenges associated with building one of the four businesses models associated with cloud offerings.

CompTIA's cloud study was conducted in two parts. End user data was collected via an online survey in June 2014 of 400 IT and business professionals in the United States involved in IT decision-making. Channel data was collected via an online survey in July 2014 of 400 IT firms in the United States.

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