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8 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2016

While 2015 marked the moment when cloud became the go-to platform for enterprise applications and data, there's still plenty of maturing to go. Here's what we expect to see from cloud computing in 2016.
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It's the time of year where we reflect back on the past 12 months and project what 2016 might have in store for us. Let's do some forward looking and predict what trends we expect to face over the next year in cloud computing.

For many of us, 2015 marked the point when cloud computing matured and became the go-to platform for a large portion of enterprise applications and data. While cost savings haven't really panned out to be a major factor (often due to mismanagement), things like flexibility, scalability, and lower capital expenditures are enticing when compared to traditional in-house data centers.

In 2016, we will likely see improvements of current-generation cloud environments and offerings as well as completely new technologies for application developers to take advantage of. Migration of legacy applications will continue to be a primary cloud focus for IT staff -- as will the development of brand new applications optimized to operate within cloud environments. And in both cases, security will be a consistent and important theme.

Another common theme that we're predicting is that previous challenges and roadblocks that once prevented apps from being deployed into the cloud will no longer be such burdens. For the most part, any application that you can think of will be able to be run within a cloud environment. This will be a huge step for many organizations that have been unable to take advantage of cloud benefits due to regulatory or compliance restrictions.

Last, certain trends in cloud architecture such as containerization and hyper-convergence will become much more common in 2016. This will be due to changes in application designs, IoT growth, and the speed at which cloud providers need to address customer requirements. Next-generation solutions will demand a next-generation cloud.

Please click through the follwing pages to see our eight cloud predictions for 2016. Afterward, let us know how accurate you believe our predictions will be. Do you think we're spot on -- or is our crystal ball way off the mark? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Andrew has well over a decade of enterprise networking under his belt through his consulting practice, which specializes in enterprise network architectures and datacenter build-outs and prior experience at organizations such as State Farm Insurance, United Airlines and the ... View Full Bio

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User Rank: Ninja
12/28/2015 | 4:01:59 AM
Re: I have a 9th one
"In 2016 a notable cloud disaster would happen with a famous enough brand. This would give a fresh dose of skepticism to cloud critics. Why do I see such a thing happening? Because such a thing has been happening almost every year."

Nasimson, be positive. If such things are happening, its going to be a learning curve for other service providers too.
User Rank: Ninja
12/26/2015 | 1:27:55 PM
I have a 9th one
In 2016 a notable cloud disaster would happen with a famous enough brand. This would give a fresh dose of skepticism to cloud critics. Why do I see such a thing happening? Because such a thing has been happening almost every year.
User Rank: Ninja
12/23/2015 | 8:01:45 PM
Spot on!
Great article! i think you absolutely nailed the key things we should see in 2016.  What do you think about Software Defined Networking, especially now with VMware's NSX creeping into more environments?

I am also hoping to see more security spend, or at least more focus on security.  I find it's still often sacrificed for budget, so your suggestion that many will move data to offsite storage will not only help stretch the security budget, but also help accomodating the exponential growth of data at the same time will hopefully get more companies thinking about security from a more strategic point of view rather than a means to check off audit boxes.

Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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12/23/2015 | 6:00:11 PM
Can't containers run on their own in the cloud?
Yes, on number 6, containers are becoming mainstream in the cloud, but it's not clear to me that they have to run in a vritual machine, In the mainstream cloud, that's what they're doing. And I think we want to get to the point where containers run with proper isolation on their own, without a virtual machine. That's the way Google does it for internal operations, and we all like the speed of Google Search.
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