9. All Eyes On Government
As the federal government continued with its "cloud-first" push to cut government IT spending and spur innovation, cloud vendors trained their sights on government contracts in 2011. From achieving FISMA certifications, which sparked a contentious war of words between Microsoft and Google to the launch of government-focused cloud offerings a la Amazon's AWS GovCloud, cloud computing companies clamored lucrative government contracts. The race to the government cloud comes as one survey revealed that roughly two-thirds of federal agencies have identified application to move to the cloud.