Approximately 14 million new jobs will be created as a result of cloud computing software by 2015, according to a recent study from Microsoft.

The tech giant commissioned analyst firm IDC to determine how cloud computing would affect the hiring landscape at firms in the coming years.

"A common misperception is cloud computing is a job eliminator, but in truth it will be a job creator – a major one," said John F. Gantz, chief research officer and senior vice president at IDC.

For instance, Vorsite, a Seattle, Washington-based Microsoft Tier 3 Cloud Champion Member, plans to double the size of its workforce in the coming year to accommodate the increased interest in the cloud. Cofounder and CEO Aaron Nettles noted that the question from consumers isn't about whether to use the cloud anymore, but rather when it can be deployed.

IDC also predicted that revenues from cloud innovation could reach $1.1 trillion per year by 2015, which will also "drive significant organizational reinvestment and job growth."

The Charlotte Observer notes that in general, the recession hasn't hit the IT sector as hard as others, pointing out that the overall market for IT positions is "relatively healthy," and some sectors, like the cloud, are "red-hot."

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