Table of Contents
- Trend Tracker
- Market Tracker
- Mergers and Acquisitions Tracker
- Executive Tracker
- Funding Tracker
- Disruptive Cloud Technology of the Quarter: AWS Lambda
- Outlook: First-Quarter 2015
- About Janakiram MSV
CloudTracker analyzes the latest trends from the cloud-computing market, including updates from key players, mergers and acquisitions, executive transitions, and funding news. We follow this with an in-depth analysis and commentary.
With over 10 acquisitions, 15 executive transitions, and more than a dozen companies getting funded, the fourth quarter of 2014 saw many new developments that will make for a busy first quarter of 2015.
Highlights from the quarter include:
- We saw a rift in the open-source Linux container ecosystem when Canonical and CoreOS split from Docker, Inc. and came out with their own implementation of application containers.
- The orchestrating and clustering of containers went mainstream, with Amazon and Google officially launching container-based compute services.
- The OpenStack market continued to consolidate, as evidenced by EMC’s acquisition of Cloudscaling and Cisco’s interest in MetaCloud.
- Hadoop-as-a-Service providers Altiscale and Qubole made news for closing impressive rounds of funding.
- The race to the bottom continues, with cloud providers competitively cutting prices. The fourth quarter of 2014 saw yet-another round of price cuts from Google and Amazon.
- Major industry events — AWS re:Invent, Dreamforce, DockerCon Europe, Google Cloud Platform Live, HP Discover, Oracle OpenWorld, and OpenStack Summit — happened this past quarter, leading to many announcements about new services and features.
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