2015: A Big Year for Cloud Computing

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Cloud Is the New Normal

Arnette wholeheartedly agrees with Amazon Web Services SVP Andy Jassy when he said that "the cloud is the new normal." Cloud is now the default platform to launch any new project, whether a hot new mobile or social app or rebuilding a legacy enterprise internal system. The market will coalesce around a few massive public clouds (Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Cloud and Microsoft Azure Cloud) because they have the momentum and financial backing to support extreme innovation on two important fronts: driving cost down while at the same time adding new features.

There will also be room in the market for "niche" cloud players that compete with differentiated features or customer support. Cloud providers such as Rackspace, Digital Ocean, CenturyLink and Joyent are offering value added services or targeting a specific persona different from AWS, GCE or Azure. In 2015, cloud vendors will offer new capabilities to help customers make more efficient utilization of the physical resources. AWS Lambda and the containerization movement sparked by Docker are two examples of technical capabilities.

Given the rising cloud adoption, the increased interest in data visualization tools and the rise of internal enterprise app stores, 2015 is expected to be a big year for the cloud. Cloud adoption has reached a tipping point with a majority of businesses deploying at least a portion of their processes to the cloud. Debate still surrounds whether organizations should embrace public cloud versus private cloud deployments, but businesses, as well as consumers, are becoming more and more comfortable with the technology and flexibility provided by cloud deployments.

In this slideshow, Greg Arnette, CTO and founder of Sonian, a pioneer in cloud-based archiving, provides insights on the factors he predicts will have a major impact on the cloud industry this year.

Sonian preserves, protects and presents the world's information. More than 19,000 customers in 40 countries trust Sonian's secure proprietary SaaS platform and cloud search engine to retain and retrieve valuable data and protect intellectual property. Sonian manages more than 20 billion objects in the cloud; every day, 17 million new documents are uploaded to Sonian's email archive, which is integrated with the world's five largest public clouds.


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