Most of what we hear about cloud computing in Europe tends to fixate on the notion that cloud adoption there lags that in the US by one to three years.

That may be generally true, but it’s still a simplistic analysis. Despite the economic mess over there, IDC predicts a 30 percent compound annual growth rate for cloud deployments between 2011 and 2016 compared to an 18.5 percent CAGR for the US during that period. Not too shabby. (The researcher said it is monitoring economic developments in Western Europe  and could adjust its predictions as needed.)

Here’s some of what you need to know about how cloud is rolling out in Europe, gleaned from researchers, vendor executives, and other experts. But stay tuned: we’ll be talking about these trends and more at GigaOM’s upcoming Structure Europe event in Amsterdam next month.

1: Seems obvious, but Europe isn’t the US


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