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The 10 Biggest Cloud Computing Stories Of 2010

By many accounts, 2010 was indeed the year of the cloud. Here are 10 of the biggest stories that shaped the cloud computing industry this year.

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1. CA's Billion-Dollar Cloud Buy In

Perhaps no vendor stormed the cloud computing market with more force or more capital than CA Technologies. In 2010, CA made five cloud-focused acquisitions, which brought its total spend on six cloud computing companies to the $1 billion mark over a 14 month stretch.

In 2010, Islandia, NY-based CA bought cloud authentication player Arcot Systems for $200 million; 3Tera a platform for building and deploying cloud services; Oblicore, which offers service-level management applications; Nimsoft, which has a line of cloud application performance and monitoring tools; and 4Base Technologies, a cloud consulting and integration firm. Those five buys followed 2009's acquisition of data center and cloud utility software player Cassatt.

Add to CA's cloud spending spree its appointment of CA and channel veteran Adam Famularo as its managing director of cloud computing in September, and it's obvious that CA saw 2010 as the year of the cloud, too.

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