Cloud computing made big strides in 2013. Let’s start with a quick recap. The public cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) market has seen many new entrants in the form of Google, HP, and Microsoft. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched more than 200 new features this year. Apache Hadoop has gone mainstream with the traditional database vendors partnering with young startups to offer big data as a service. Salesforce has finally bridged Force.com and Heroku. VMware got rid of every distraction to focus on the hybrid cloud market. Pivotal has gone live with Cloud Foundry, and Red Hat OpenShift graduated to the second version. On the Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) front, Parse was acquired by Facebook while PayPal bought StackMob. Enterprises gained confidence in cloud computing and they are planning to go beyond development and testing environments. OpenStack saw yet another release this year with increased support from the industry. Devops has become mainstream with enterprises taking it seriously. And cloud-based management services picked up momentum, offering additional opportunities for the traditional system integrators.
What’s in store for the cloud in 2014?
The following sections of this report include some of the top trends that we see in the coming year.
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