Dec 23, 2014

Looking Back at the Year in Cloud, 2014

If 2014 showed us anything, it’s that the cloud is beyond any sort of hype at this point. There’s no denying it: What’s happening out there is that just about every significant emerging technology in the game today is truly best framed around the cloud.

Thus 2014 was a big year in the cloud’s ever-evolving story, and it’s becoming more obvious with each passing day that we are in a golden age of cloud technology. Cloud platforms have become the de facto choice for businesses, development organizations and more. Little by little, the corporate data center as we know it is disappearing, and it’s all thanks to the cloud.

So let’s take a moment to look back at what’s happened with the cloud this past year, and see what we’re working with moving into 2015.

Production comes to the cloud

cloud-flatIcon2014 was a big year for cloud adoption. For years, cloud providers have been making a very compelling case to executives that businesses need to shut down the notion of running their own data centers and come over to the capacity of on-demand environments, flexibility and scale of cloud offerings.  The cloud market has matured to the point that business in the cloud is well past the early adopters phase, and we are seeing private datacenter infrastructures becoming a thing of the past.

Hybrid cloud is a critical element in that picture, and that’s something our customers know we do particularly well.  Hybrid cloud answers the crossover between physical computing infrastructure and cloud. When you can do it as seamlessly and as on-demand as we do, then it’s a natural extension of the datacenter with the best, most appropriate performance in each architecture tier. Although cloud security used to be a fear, securing environments with organizational frameworks in hybrid cloud environments diminishes many cloud security concerns.  The elimination of that concern means more cloud meets production, and that’s a trend I expect will continue.

Enter Docker

docker-logoAnother development generating a lot of headlines is Docker.  2014 was undeniably the year that Docker took off. There’s so much massive buzz around Docker’s container technology that it will be exciting to see it progress, mature and grow.

People today are using it to maximize the amount of applications that can be deployed on a server and it is also changing the application deployment field entirely.  Big stories are ahead for Docker, which we embrace here at Codero by offering it on our cloud servers.

Cloud price wars wage on

We all know the giants in the business – Amazon Web Services, Google, and Microsoft.  These behemoths have some pretty major chips in the cloud game and we witnessed the results of this in 2014 through a continuing price war.

The one thing you don’t hear in this race to the bottom is how any of these services are any better than the other.  That’s largely because they’re not. Case and point? Truly helpful customer support is hardly a part of the picture. So what you’re left with is a dizzying array of marketing-branded packages designed to appear new at attractive new prices, but eventually many people will find there’s nothing new about it. Price wars can certainly benefit certain kinds of customers that are alright with the bulk approach.  We choose to do things differently and we’re all about the customer, but this is an interesting script to watch.

choicesIf the trends of 2014 continue into this next year, the cloud story will be bigger than ever.  As an industry analyst watching Codero, I’m excited to see how else this organization will contribute to the cloud’s incredible story. With their Codero Cloud, Codero Cloud API and Codelets, Codero Elastic Block Storage and exceptional customer support, Codero has already played a big part, and I can’t wait to see how they will take it further in 2015.

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