2015: The Year Cloud Matured
If 2014 was a tipping-point year in which the cloud finally won widespread acceptance throughout the enterprise, we may look back on 2015 as the year in which the cloud industry matured in a way befitting a mainstream technology.
While cloud adoption and revenue growth remained nothing short of spectacular, the market as a whole continued to consolidate, especially at the top, with a fewer number of so-called hyper-scale providers increasing their overall share.
Some vendors looked to partnerships or mergers to remain relevant and lay the groundwork for future success; others started trying to identify Plan B.
These are the deals, rivalries, partnerships, initiatives, conquests and failures of cloud companies that made their mark on the IT landscape in 2015 as an established order began to emerge.