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Looking ahead: The future of cloud apps in 2014 and beyond

This guide offers expert tips and insights about the future of cloud apps in the next few years, including advice for choosing next-generation cloud platforms and strategies for successful cloud integration.

As SearchCloudApplications contributor Tom Nolle has pointed out, many enterprises' cloud applications consist primarily of simple extensions to Web hosting or server consolidations. "But for the cloud to reach its potential, it has to be more than that," Nolle writes.

This Essential Guide offers a variety of content exploring the future of cloud apps, from next-generation platforms to emerging Amazon Web Services tools, and from Software as a Service adoption to cloud integration.

Trends

1. What's happening with cloud apps

This section explores new and emerging developments in the cloud-computing arena -- especially in terms of cloud applications. Read on to learn more about the latest trends in everything from virtualization to Platform as a Service.

Tools and strategies

2. Getting the most out of cloud apps

In this section, learn more about the latest tools, technologies, approaches, strategies and tactics for making the most of cloud applications. Browse the content below for details on everything from the latest offerings from Amazon Web Services to expert advice on cloud integration.