Cloud Tipping PointCloud computing is now established as the default choice for application deployment. More important, the IT disciplines that accompany application design and operation are now cloud-centric. This means application architects assume infrastructure transience, horizontal scaling, and topology partitioning (microservices). It means operations groups recognize DevOps is table stakes, now that infrastructure availability is measured in seconds or minutes, not weeks or months. And it means that IT groups are using services rather than implementing components, e.g., Redshift rather than Teradata. They want the function, not the support. In short, cloud has won the hearts and minds of IT users. The significance of this tipping point is profound. It will destroy the legacy data center-focused vendors. Read Bernard Golden’s strong arguments in his blog HERE.