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6 Cloud Trends Partners Must Watch

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Cloud computing is not so much a trend as an everyday reality. Yet the pace of change in the cloud ecosystem means this is no staid, bread-and-butter opportunity for partners. In fact, the speed with which cloud vendors and services move is part of the reason why the partner opportunity is just beginning to hit its stride. In this report, we dig into six key trends that cloud-minded partners need to have on their radars.

Takeaways for Your Business

In this report you’ll learn:

  • Multicloud and hybrid cloud are the new normal
  • Cloud features and services are increasingly going vertical
  • Cloud-native technologies such as containers offer opportunities to diversify services

About the Author

Kevin Casey writes about technology and business for a wide variety of publications and companies. He won an Azbee Award, given by the American Society of Business Publication Editors, for his InformationWeek. com story, “Are You Too Old for IT?” He’s a former community choice honoree in the Small Business Influencer Awards.


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