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Corporate legal has an ominous problem and a great opportunity on its hands: It’s the cloud.

Why? The cloud is driving massive data growth due to the seductively low storage and computing costs, which have dropped precipitously as cloud providers engage in a furious race to zero. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has led this charge, dropping its price 44 times from 2008 to 2014. Competitors Microsoft and Google have in turn dropped their own prices to compete.

While much data is still in on-premise systems behind the firewall, the affordability of the cloud has caught the eye of organizations everywhere, and many are now actively adopting cloud solutions for their business-critical data. Increasing volumes of discoverable data can be found not only on in-house network servers, but also in cloud repositories. Gartner predicts that, by 2018, at least 30 percent of the data reviewed in discovery will be stored on the cloud, up from 5 percent in 2015.

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