The teeming second tier
The appeal that light-weight, speedy, small cloud hosts hold for individual or small-group developers will continue unabated in 2015.
While enterprise-to-cloud surged in 2014 (notwithstanding security concerns), many small market cloud-hosts experienced a steep upslope of new customers and revenue, as well.
The might of AWS, Google and Microsoft should act as a high tide that will raise all cloud-hosting boats. With that said, because the market is so diverse and global, and because pockets of that market remain avowed against the big hitters, smaller cloud-hosts will continue to carve out market share.
Charles' acknowledged trend of developers starting on a smaller host and then migrating to one of the "Biggies" will gain momentum; however, it's been Linode's experience that by offering steady, reliable, powerful servers and responsive customer service, by launching products that take advantage of emerging cloud innovation, and by re-investing capital into infrastructure, smaller cloud hosts can and will continue to gain a share of the market.
The market - and pundit predictions - give us no reason to believe otherwise in 2015.