10 Cloud Predictions for 2014

Grazed from BusinessNewsDaily. Author: Sara Angeles.

In 2013, the cloud industry hit a milestone. As indicated by the massive surge in users and the slew of cloud vendors and service providers now available, cloud computing went from being just another buzzword to a viable infrastructure widely adopted by small businesses and large enterprises alike. It also revealed how vulnerable cloud users are to the dangers of cloud computing. In 2014, the cloud industry will aim to change that.

From public clouds to private clouds to hybrid clouds, businesses now have a wide range of services from which to choose that best fit their needs and budgets. Whether they implement Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), or Everything-as-a-Service (EaaS), the cloud can be used for storage and anytime, anywhere access of files, applications, networks and entire computing systems...

OpenStack push grows, Microsoft and Amazon square off: The year in cloud computing

Grazed from Author: Daniel Robinson.

Cloud computing continued its inexorable spread during 2013. Momentum continued to gather behind the open source OpenStack platform, while private cloud provider VMware looked to extend its reach to public cloud services. Meanwhile Microsoft moved to compete against Amazon with infrastructure as a service support on Azure.

With many organisations seemingly more confident about adopting cloud services for some IT services this year, the focus has been less on whether private cloud or public cloud would win out and growing acceptance that hybrid cloud – a combination of both – is the way that most customers will consume cloud services...

Cloud Miracles of 2014

Grazed from TheStreet. Author: Dana Blankenhorn.

The big cloud computing headline is that we may soon stop using the term. Cloud has become the mainstream of computing, just as e-commerce has become the mainstream of commerce. Cloud is not an option. Virtual operating systems and infinite scaling, a "barbell" in which the high-end hosts and hand-held device makers crush the computing middle class -- that's the reality for businesses and investors.

The question for 2014 is how many public clouds will survive the coming shakeout.'s (AMZN_) vicious price war has given it most of the market, so Google (GOOG_) and Microsoft (MSFT_) have matched prices and features. IBM (IBM_) is promising "big things" for early next year, but it's unclear whether any new features it offers can make a difference...

These 3 Companies Will Prosper in the Cloud in 2014

Grazed from Fool.  Author: Tim Brugger.

We all knew cloud computing was a fast-growing market. But based on new data from IDC, cloud revenues in 2014 will exceed already sky-high expectations, jumping to more than $100 billion in spending next year. That's a 25% increase from this year and opens a huge door of opportunity for investors.  Of course, not all IT companies are ready to take advantage of the shift to cloud computing. But for a couple of late adopters and one underdog, 2014 could prove to be a pleasant year in the cloud.

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Cloud infrastructure, services -- particularly platform-as-a-service (PaaS) -- and related software, will lead the jump in cloud revenues next year, according to IDC. And both IBM (NYSE: IBM  ) and German-based SAP (NYSE: SAP  ) are positioned to take full advantage of all things cloud...

Roundup Of Cloud Computing And Enterprise Software Predictions For 2014

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Louis Columbus.

Alan Kay’s saying that the best way to predict the future is to create it resonates through the best cloud computing and enterprise software predictions for 2014.  Constraints that held start-ups back from delivering sophisticated new apps and services are disappearing fast.  The dynamics of one of my favorite books, The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen, are in full force across the cloud and enterprise landscape.

There are many predictions being generated right now and instead of writing yet another set,  I’m providing a listing of those that are the most interesting and thought-provoking. They are listed below:...

My One Big Fat Cloud Computing Prediction for 2014

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

It’s that time of year that everyone issues their predictions for the year ahead, and there certainly have been some good forecasts about impending or continuing developments in the cloud market. Louis Columbus, a fellow contributor here at Forbes, recently channeled a compelling list of cloud predictions from research firm IDC, and Suhas Sreedhar adds additional insights for the year ahead. In the spirit of prediction-making, I am offering my own. But rather than provide another list, I have just one prediction for the year ahead. That is, cloud computing is set to become mainstream computing, period.

We’ll continue to call it “cloud” for some time to come, and vendors will continue to pitch it as “cloud,” but it’s now the mainstream. We’ve seen this before. In the early 1990s, there was client/server computing, in which PCs were provided access to larger back-end systems. Then, it was Internet computing, in which applications and data were exposed through websites. We still have mobile computing, but the act of using smartphones to access back-end applications and data is simply being thought of as computing as well...

Where is cloud computing heading in 2014?

Grazed from CIO.  Author: Rebecca Merret.

Private and hybrid cloud models, IT departments acting as cloud brokers, more competition among providers and a maturity in services is where 'as-a-service' computing is heading in 2014, say analysts.  Michael Warrilow, research director at Gartner, says more enterprises will look to use public and hybrid cloud models next year as they realise “it’s impossible to private cloud everything”.

“We will see ever-more public cloud adoption … public [cloud] is probably going to be 70 to 80 per cent of cloud workloads,” he says.  “It is hard work to private cloud everything. You have got to be like a cloud provider but you have also got to be like traditional IT as well. So you have got to do security, service delivery, etc. People will be too ambitious. We think they should only target private cloud for the most important and relevant workloads.”...

Cloud Computing: 4 Enterprise Software Drivers For 2014

Grazed from CMSWire. Author: David Roe.

Enterprise software spending will recover next year driven by the combined forces of cloud computing, data management, mobile applications and social business, according to new research from Gartner. The research adds that the nexus of these four forces will result in the biggest disruption to the software market since 2000, but will also result in new opportunities for vendors.

The research, "Market Trends: Monetizing Gartner's Nexus of Forces in the Enterprise Software Markets" by Tom Eid, found more than 26 percent of total software enterprise revenues will be driven by the dovetailing of these areas of software, up from 12 percent in 2012...

One in four cloud providers will be gone by 2015

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Patrick Thibodeau.

Cloud adopters face serious risk in the next two years because of the strong possibility that their provider will be acquired or forced out of business, according to Gartner. The research firm is predicting a major consolidation in cloud services and estimates that about 25% of the top 100 IT service providers in the infrastructure space won't be around by 2015. "One in four vendors will be gone for whatever reason -- acquisition, bankruptcy," said William Maurer, a Gartner analyst. Most of the time, the changes will come through acquisition.

"There is real risk," said Maurer to a packed room for his presentation at the Gartner Data Center Conference. "We're in the phase of buyer beware with cloud," said Michael Salvador, who attended the presentation. He is a technical solutions manager at Belden, which makes cable, connectivity and networking products...

Experts outline key cloud computing trends for 2014

Grazed from The Guardian. Author: Adam Davidi.

Increased adoption of hybrid cloud computing models and innovation over cost-cutting are just some of the predictions from our panel of experts on key cloud computing trends for 2014. As we look ahead to the new year, we asked six cloud computing experts for their big trends for 2014. Here's what they came up with:

Werner Vogels, vice president and CTO,
The cloud allows everyone to become a media company: In 2014 expect a great rise in organisations that are adding media capabilities to their offerings. A good example is sports clubs; all are looking for ways to establish an engagement with their fan base beyond the two hours on a weekend. A successful way to achieve a weeklong engagement is by daily distribution or fresh, exclusive media content. The subscription revenues for clubs that often have millions of fans around the world are substantial...