Cloud computing didn’t disappoint expectations in 2014, and it continued to grow in its many forms over the year. Leaders such as Amazon Web Services set a punishing pace, as usual, but it was pursued with increasing conviction by the likes of Microsoft and Google. New entrants brought products to market regularly, and established stalwarts of the enterprise IT market like IBM and HP continued their sometimes-painful process of adaptation. Each of these pieces forms part of a broad and evolving whole, which sometimes becomes obscured by the endless minutiae of deals and acquisitions, profits and losses.
In this report, we identify a small set of overarching trends shaping the cloud-computing market today, and offer a perspective on the ways in which they will shape that market in 2015 and beyond.
Key findings in this report include: