What Lies Ahead for Enterprise Cloud?

With the work year gearing up as the summer winds down, what can we expect from enterprise cloud? Find out on our webinar Tuesday, August 22.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

August 16, 2017

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What Lies Ahead for Enterprise Cloud?

As the summer winds down and the work year gears up, what's in store for enterprise cloud? That's the subject of an upcoming Enterprise Cloud News webinar Tuesday, August 22, at noon EDT -- mark your calendars!

September, rather than January 1, has always seemed to me like the beginning of the New Year. That annual rhythm is a powerful legacy of childhood. Summer is a time for playing outside during long, sunny days that seem to last forever. Around this time of year, the days are getting shorter, the evenings are cooler and the school year -- the real beginning of the year -- is just a couple of weeks away.

It's been a long time since I've seen the inside of a classroom (other than in annual watching of A Christmas Story -- which, by the way, isn't so far away now). But there remains a sense of the old year drawing to a close in late August, and the new year beginning in September.

And it's not just an illusion. September is when enterprise IT departments plan the following year's spending budget. September is when the vendors start rolling out their big news. September is the beginning of the fall conference season (and I still haven't cleaned and pressed my suits and dress shirts from the spring conference season!).

It's already been a busy year for enterprise cloud, as Amazon Web Services consolidates gains, Microsoft Azure closes fast, and Google Cloud Platform and IBM Cloud put up the good fight. And that's just the major public cloud providers -- don't count out the other IaaS and PaaS providers, who comprise nearly half the market, as well as cloud application providers. And there's plenty of activity going on in the private and hybrid cloud realms too.

This year we've seen gains in containers, artificial intelligence, serverless computing and other key technologies.

What can we expect for the coming year?

That's the topic of an upcoming webinar Tuesday, August 22, noon Eastern: Enterprise Cloud: What Lies Ahead. Join me and my colleagues Scott Ferguson, co-editor of Enterprise Cloud News, as well as Curtis Franklin, editor of Security Now for a free and wide-ranging discussion of the trends and issues that will shape the cloud landscape for the coming year.

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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