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Are industry clouds an opportunity or a distraction?

April 2, 2021

Industry clouds are a bundle of cloud services, tools, and applications that focus on the most important use cases in a specific industry. The most common industry clouds are designed for the retail, healthcare, government, and finance sectors.

This might seem like a new concept. However, the notion of clouds with a focus on specific industries is as old as cloud itself. “Community clouds” are discussed in the first version of NIST’s definition of cloud computing. “The cloud infrastructure is shared by several organizations and supports a specific community that has shared concerns (e.g., mission, security requirements, policy, and compliance considerations).” That quote was from about 12 years ago.

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