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With the end of the year buzz around predictions, it's hard not to join in the conversation. Our CenturyLink Cloud leadership team came together for a few predictions for the year head - and to show we are keepin' it real, we scored last year's predictions as well. 1. Enterprise-buyer demand fuels cloud consolidation. Well past the "dipping their toes in" stage with cloud-native apps, enterprises are now accelerating the migration of business-critical applications to the cloud. They will demand more complete, mature cloud solutions from the IT providers they already know and trust. This, in turn, will result in more cloud M&A activity as incumbent vendors solidify their cloud strategy and enhance offerings. 2. PaaS begins to go away- thankfully - as a stand-alone product category. Instead, it goes mainstream as just another cloud service. Platform as a Service fina... (more)

What Does Microsoft Consider Cloud Computing To Be?

Richard Seroter's Blog Yesterday I was hanging out at the Microsoft office in Los Angeles for an “Architecture Council” meeting on the new Cloud Computing platform. You can find the slide materials on the Strategic Architecture Council blog. Overall, a worthwhile session that you should attend if you get the chance in your city. My favorite local evangelists were there, including presentations from Woody Pewitt, Kevin Boyle and the delightful David Chou. We discussed what Microsoft considers cloud computing, the trade-offs between “on-premises” and cloud apps (e.g. on-premises app... (more)