Cloud 2014 – a Look Back and a Look Ahead

There’s no question that the cloud is maturing. What was once a buzzword is now becoming a mainstream technology. 2014 saw one-time tests move into production. While businesses, whether SMBs or Enterprise, anteed up with their budgets.

Cloud adoption—private or public—was fueled by many corporate, cultural, and economic factors. Some the same. Some different. Public cloud drivers included compliance, ease of migration, security, utilization. The leading benefits for the Private Cloud included collaboration, flexibility, and ubiquity. Among all of these drivers, the move from a capital expenditure (CAPEX) model to operating expenditure (OPEX) model was and probably were still the most attractive.

However, what happened in 2014—the trends, events, shifts—to drive the cloud to the mainstream. And… what can we expect to see in 2015.

  • In their cloud maturity processes enterprises realized that they need support and expertise to augment security and availability services, and optimize the performance for their public cloud environments.
  • Concerns around data security in multi-tenant environments, regulatory compliance, and performance degradation within virtual environments of public clouds lead to the decision to keep some applications and workloads behind the corporate firewall.
  • The above concerns gave birth to a hybrid cloud phenomenon. The Hybrid cloud required integration of on-premise and off-premise applications – just like these applications worked seamlessly when they were all on premises.
  • Hosting and colocation providers, in parallel, are realizing that space and power are becoming a commodity. So, they started to offer higher value cloud exchange or cloud connect services to provide direct connectivity for their customers to service providers, other enterprises, and ecosystem partners.

Join Gigaom Research and our sponsor Telx for “Cloud 2014 – a Look Back and a Look Ahead,” on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 10 a.m. PT. This free analyst webinar will recap the key cloud phenomena to date and, more importantly, discuss key predictions about the cloud tomorrow.

Questions to address:

  • What did we learn in the public cloud journey to date?
  • What changes do we expect to see in the near and long term future?
  • Which service providers (SPs) emerged as winners?
  • Which service providers (SPs) are the projected losers?
  • Which end user technologies are projected to emerge around the horizon?
  • What key features should businesses look for in public and hybrid cloud offerings?
  • What key features should businesses look for from a colocation provider in their cloud connect services platform?
  • What can businesses learn from early adopters of public cloud space?

Target Audience:

  • CIOs and CTOs
  • VPs of IT
  • Technology and budgeting Decision Makers
  • Network Architects