So yes, 2014 was a big year for cloud. Now it’s time for some predictions for the year ahead. Based on gut instinct, here are my picks.
1: Cloud consolidation will continue
There are those who say that end-user thirst for cloud will mean enough business for everyone. I disagree — this is a scale game for the most part and with [company]Amazon[/company], [company]Google[/company] and [company]Microsoft[/company] sucking the air out of the room on public cloud, there will be room for some second-tier players but not for every cloud vendor on the horizon.
Last year’s consolidation — [company]Cisco[/company] buying MetaCloud, [company]Hewlett-Packard[/company] buying Eucalyptus, [company]EMC[/company] buying CloudScaling — was prelude to more M&A to come. Can CloudSigma, Digital Ocean, GoGrid, Joyent, Mirantis, ProfitBricks and a dozen other cloud vendors all flourish and prosper as standalone companies? Don’t bet on it, but some of them might be nifty pickups for bigger companies that…
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