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Recap of 116 Virtualization and Cloud Predictions for 2014 - Find Out What Executives had to Say in VMblog's 6th Annual Prediction Series

2013 was another truly amazing year for the virtualization and cloud industries.  And I'm excited that I was once again able to be a part of it.  With every new year, we grow our fantastic community... and I expect 2014 to continue that trend.  

At this time, I'd like to personally thank everyone for being a valued member and reader of VMblog!  Once again, with the help of each of you, VMblog has been able to remain one of the oldest and most successful virtualization and cloud news sites on the Web -- providing readers with valuable information in these expanding markets for the last 10 years!  Now that's impressive and exciting!

I also want to make sure to thank my sponsors over the course of the year, without whom, none of this would have been possible.  They help keep the lights on at VMblog.  And many of them have been with me for quite a few years, so thank you!  Acronis, Citrix, CloudByte, Cloudyn, CommVault, DataCore Software, Dell (VKernel), Embotics, FSLogix, HotLink, Liquidware Labs, Parallels, PHD Virtual, SolarWinds, Splunk, Symantec, Tegile Systems, Veeam, VMTurbo, Zenoss and Zerto.

This was the 6th year in a row that VMblog has published its fun and successful Executive Prediction Series.  It keeps getting better every year; and as we wrap up and conclude this year's predictions, we hit a new record of participation!  The series had a whopping 116 companies participate and share their predictions for the year, and I'm thrilled with all of these quality submissions. 

Folks, strap in, raise and lock your seat trays, and put your seats in their upright position.  And let's take off with 2014!

To kick things off, here is a wrap up of the prediction series in a single post.  If you didn't have a chance to keep up with the entire series throughout the months of November and December, now is your chance to catch up and read what these experts had to say about their predictions for this year.  Enjoy!

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Published Tuesday, January 14, 2014 6:55 AM by David Marshall
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