2016: The Year Converged and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Becomes Mainstream

Grazed from Author: Todd Pavone

Article Written by Todd Pavone, Executive Vice President, Product Strategy & Development, VCE  

In 2015 we heard a lot about DevOps, Big Data, containerization, and the Internet of Things (IoT), but what do all of these macro trends mean for the modern data center? What kinds of impact do these massive disruptive forces have in shaping 2016? Most important, in a world of lean teams and flat or shrinking budgets, how can you be prepared? Here are a few predictions from VCE's point of view on how CIOs can embrace and apply the digital transformation initiatives to drive competitive differentiation and success this coming year. 

Forget the Hype: Hyper-Scale Is For Real

5 cloud computing predictions for 2016

Grazed from CIO. Author: Bernard Golden.

The salty tang in the air is the fragrance of a sea change in IT – a tidal shift that will change the role of IT and IT participants over the next five years. I believe that 2016 will go down as the year in which the future of IT appears out of a murky, dank, blinding fog into the clear sunshine of the shape of things to come. And it’s safe to say that no traditional IT practitioners – vendor and enterprise IT organization alike – will emerge unscathed from this transition. Here is what we’ll see in 2016:

1. Death of the enterprise public cloud

For years incumbent vendors pooh-poohed the rise of AWS, dismissing it as the sandbox of immature users – SMBs and startups. When AWS became too large to dismiss so blithely, incumbents vendors (both on-premise giants like HP and hosting providers like Terramark) proclaimed that what “real” users needed was an “enterprise cloud” provided by an organization that “understands enterprise needs.”...

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PaaS Predictions for 2016

Article written by cloud computing consultant, Barry Gold.

Often dwarfed by IaaS and SaaS services, platform as a service or PaaS is a category that has quietly been growing in scope and demand over the past couple of years. This category of cloud services offers customers a platform to develop and manage their own web applications, without any need to build the supporting infrastructure. So what comes next for PaaS? Here are a few predictions of what could happen over the next year.

Cloud services in 2016

To understand the position of PaaS among cloud computing trends as a whole this year, it helps to look at the bigger picture first. This year, leading cloud experts have made predictions showing that the whole field will grow and change in significant ways. For example, it's expected that an increasing number of enterprises will jump on the cloud bandwagon as a whole, with many businesses choosing to diversify their cloud strategy rather than rely on a single provider. So while a business may choose one vendor for their storage services, they may choose another for PaaS, which opens up the playing field.

2016 will be the Year that People Finally Stop Immediately Associating Cloud with IaaS

Article written by Leo Reiter

Before I look into the proverbial crystal ball again, let's see how I did on my 2015 prediction, which was: 2015 will be the year that enterprise software ISVs embrace cloud licensing.  Well, while not universally true, we've seen good progress there.  It's hard to argue with the success of cloud licensing for major ISVs like Microsoft and Adobe, but technical computing, as usual, is lagging a bit.  However, while not exactly 2015, I happen to know (confidentially) that we will see some

Cloud Computing: The 2015 Trends and Predictions of 2016

Grazed from Author: Editorial Staff.

Mergers and acquisitions have changed the financial situations of cloud computing companies. Innovations and advancements are setting the technological tone for the year past and the one to soon come.

Looking Back at 2015

The cloud computing world consolidated with several companies involved in:

  • Mergers
  • Partnerships
  • Acquisitions

The highest price tag of 2015 was $67 billion, paid by Dell for EMC, including its VMware virtualization software. Dell was in the news also for a new partnership with Microsoft to create Azure in a Box, a cloud system that can be used in multiple industries. Meanwhile, Microsoft also announced a partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise that involves each being a preferred partner to the other...

4 predictions for the immediate future of cloud computing

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

Predictions tend to be more of an end-of-the-year activity, but I took some time to write down a few ideas and their likely outcomes based on patterns in the market that we can currently see. Here are a few to consider. There will be more market convergence around Google, AWS, and Microsoft. This is as easy to call as the sunset. Enterprises moving to public clouds are largely going with these three companies.

Moreover, the big three are placing their technology bets in cloud computing right now, and this will continue for the foreseeable future. Many thought this would be race of a dozen or so public cloud providers, but the market has taken care of most of them. Indeed, smaller cloud providers, such as Rackspace, could not keep up with the investment and have moved to a narrower and more niche-oriented focus...

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Cloud Computing: 15 Out-of-the-Box Predictions for IT This Year

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Chris Preimesberger.

Years ago, when he was asked whether Web services were going to be the "next big thing," Oracle co-founder and then-CEO Larry Ellison responded: "I've spent too much time in Italy to know that you shouldn't ignore fashion."  In tech, we like nothing better than a new trend, because they become new products—and eventually new income streams—for enterprises.

We also know that fashion matters, so we've learned that it's generally best to get on board with it—or at least become familiar with fashionable trends—if at all possible. In the IT industry, we also like to look ahead, based on what we experienced in the past, to anticipate what important trends are coming, so that we can be aware of new ideas in order to stay competitive...

Cloud Computing: The Enterprise In 2015

Grazed from TechCrunch. Author: Alison Wagonfeld.

At Emergence Capital, we have had the opportunity to invest in visionaries such as Marc Benioff, Aaron Levie and David Sacks who have built major enterprise cloud applications that have formed the basis of the next generation of business software around the world. As we look out to 2015, we are excited to invest in what’s next for the enterprise.

We spend so much time talking about the future, so I thought it would be fun to share the 2015 predictions from Emergence’s five partners — Gordon Ritter, Jason Green, Brian Jacobs, Kevin Spain, and Santi Subotovsky — about the emerging themes for enterprise technology and the technology investment environment:...

Roundup Of Cloud Computing And Enterprise Software Predictions For 2015

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Louis Columbus.

Whenever this time of the year arrives with its proliferation of predictions, William Gibson’s quote “the future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed” comes to mind. The best predictions provide a glimpse into the future while also providing mile markers to measure the journey. Those are the most fascinating of all because they take a firm stand on where, how and why a given area is scaling and at what pace. Instead of adding to the many cloud computing and enterprise software predictions being made for 2015, I’m providing a listing of those that are the most interesting and thought-provoking. They are listed below:

  • 10 Hadoop Predictions For 2015 - Well-researched series of Hadoop predictions and market forecasts. Key insights include the following: Over the next five years, the Hadoop-MapReduce market is expected to hit $2.2BV, attaining a compound annual growth rate (GAGR) of 58%, according to; IDC predicts that worldwide revenues for the Hadoop-MapReduce market will increase to $812.8M by 2016, up from $77M in 2011; IDC, which expects Hadoop to be in use in 45% of European organizations by the end of 2015; and SQL to become Hadoop's killer app for 2015...

Cloud Computing Predictions Show Where IT's Focus Should Be

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Shawn Drew.

There is little doubt that the cloud is on the rise, but in order to best take advantage of it over the long term, IT professionals require a bit more specificity when it comes to where the cloud will be within the next few years. Some new cloud computing predictions that focus on where the technology will be in the near future can help IT managers and executives properly prepare for this technology revolution.

Cloud Computing Predictions

At this point, it seems that just about every IT department has at least looked into the cloud. Many have already decided to shift some aspects of the data center there, but others may be taking a more methodical approach, waiting for some certainty before committing assets to adoption. While this is usually a smart path, delaying cloud adoption could be a big mistake given where the technology is headed, as summarized in a collection of cloud computing predictions in a recent MSPmentor article...