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People often ask me if cloud computing is still a cutting-edge trend or if it’s something that everyone pretty much understands. The answer isn’t exactly cut and dry.

From a technology standpoint, cloud is still very cutting-edge. That’s because other new technologies, from containers to software-defined networks, are changing cloud and keeping it constantly on the bleeding edge.

But from an overall standpoint, I think cloud is as accepted as things like social networks and mobile apps. And recently, I found even better evidence that cloud computing has become just another type of business (though the story itself is from earlier in the year).

It turns out that police arrested a group of criminals who were pretending to run a cloud storage company in order to sell drugs around the country. And for me, that pretty much means that cloud computing has taken its place as an established business.

Like Walter White’s car wash or Tony Soprano’s waste management company, cloud computing is now such a common, everyday type of business that criminals feel OK using it as a front for their nefarious dealings. I mean, come on, that has to mean that cloud computing is now part of the mainstream.

Of course, if you want actual data to make your case, Aberdeen research has plenty to support the ubiquity of cloud as well. In fact, recent research found that nearly 80% of businesses are now using cloud computing. And when we bring in private and hybrid, cloud computing is changing the way technology is used by consumers and businesses.

Really, the most criminal thing is that, somehow, 20% of companies are not using cloud today. Not sure how you survive in modern computing without cloud.

Jim Rapoza is Senior Research Director at Aberdeen.  Follow Jim on Twitter to stay on top of how Best-in-Class organizations manage IT in today’s complex environments.

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