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Sometimes it just clicks. That's when you know you're onto something. There's no sound, no taste, no smell. But it's hanging out there waiting for you to grab it.
That's cloud computing. And the 30 solution providers that comprise this list are shining examples of VARs, integrators, consultants and ISVs that we believe "get it" when it comes to the cloud. They jumped into the market before there was one. They sharpened their technology, services and sales chops, and know-how.
At the time, they may have called it "utility computing" or "managed hosted outsourced IT." But just because it wasn't specifically called "the cloud," it doesn't mean they weren't on the forefront of what has become one of the biggest shifts in IT.
This list was compiled through discussions with solution providers, vendor partners and CRN editors. It highlights 30 solution providers that are on the cutting edge of the cloud -- the ones that pack a mighty punch and had the foresight to dive headfirst into a new market.
Here we spotlight three cloud VARs and how they got their start.
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