The Cloud in 2017: Seven key trends, from AWS and Azure to voice services and machine learning

Grazed from GeekWire. Author: Dan Richman.

Here’s a no-brainer: 2017 will be a big year for the cloud. Cloud computing is an innovation rivaling the advent of client-server, the PC or the internet, and it’s going to enjoy continued vigorous growth in the new year. But private data centers aren’t going away. Though the essential balance of power within the public-cloud world won’t change much, competition may favor companies that best serve the organizations straddling private data centers and the public cloud — which is to say, most of them. Here are some of the key cloud trends to watch this year:

Revenue will rise sharply for the big public-cloud providers.

Forrester is predicting that revenue from public-cloud services, combined with software as a service, will grow at a compounded annual rate of 22 percent between 2015 and 2020, reaching $236 billion. VC firm North Bridge estimated that public-cloud spending alone will grow to $522 billion in 2026, from $75 billion in 2015, a compound annual growth rate of 19 percent...

It predicts platform as a service will see the greatest growth (33 percent CAGR), followed by software as a service (19 percent) and infrastructure as a service (18 percent)...

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