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Cloud computing trend alert: Expect growing focus on enterprises

In this expert answer, contributor Chris Moyer looks at a key cloud computing trend -- enterprise migration -- and touches on other cloud trends as well.

What are the biggest cloud computing trends that businesses should keep an eye on in 2014?

In one major cloud computing trend, Amazon Web Services and others have been working more on building services than on expanding traditional infrastructure.

Now the question is how to get traditional enterprises to switch to the cloud – which is easier said than done.

Specifically, they have been building more platform services. These services are seeing increased usage both in new businesses and in existing companies with traditional data centers that are looking to move services to the cloud.

A closely related cloud computing trend is a growing focus on enterprises -- that is, helping big companies move their costly data centers to cloud-hosted platforms. Cloud computing already makes sense for startup businesses that are dealing with limited funding, so now the question is how to get traditional enterprises to make the switch -- which is easier said than done. When you're dealing with enterprises that already run their own long-established data centers, it can be tough to sell them on moving their existing working systems to the cloud.

Still, there was a clear focus on providing support for enterprise-level cloud use at the end of 2013, and this particular cloud computing trend should continue, and perhaps increase, in the coming year.

In addition, you can expect to see more cloud-based features and offerings in 2014. These might include hosted versions of Microsoft's Exchange and Active Directory, or even of entire infrastructures, along with improvements to the Desktop as a Service platforms that made their debut at the end of 2013.

This was first published in January 2014

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