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Hot cloud products IT pros swear by

Each year we ask IT pros what they love, and this year several cloud-related products ranked among the favorites.

Spending on cloud services is so far just a fraction of total IT spending -- roughly 3% -- but the market is growing. According to research firm Gartner, global spending on public cloud computing services will grow 18.5% in 2013 to $131 billion, up from $111 billion last year.

It's not always easy to impress IT pros with new technology, but those who cited cloud products and services based their favoritism on qualities such as cost savings, productivity gains and security benefits.

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