A State Of Upheaval
The public cloud market is booming.
Global spending on cloud infrastructure should approach $16.5 billion in 2015, a rise of more than 32 percent from the previous year, according to research firm Gartner.
And yet in its latest Magic Quadrant Infrastructure-as-a-Service report, Gartner describes the cloud landscape as one with "Brutal Competitive Dynamics" -- a market in which many providers are changing strategies after failing to gain traction.
That means enterprise buyers must be especially wary when choosing a provider, not only considering the services they currently offer, but their roadmap to evolve their strategy and technology.
Gartner also recommends cloud buyers adopt a bimodal strategy that allows them to maintain critical IT operations while innovating on agile development platforms.