List: Hear from experts at Canonical, Informatica and HPE about what 2016 holds in-store for cloud.
Cloud has had another successful year and is forecast to continue to grow in 2016, but what do tech industry experts predict we will see?
CBR brings together exclusive predictions for cloud 2016.
1. Reshape to survive
Dave Wright, CEO of SolidFire: "The growth of hyperscale cloud vendors like Amazon and Microsoft, will continue to put pressure on the market giants in 2016, causing them to realise that they need to radically reshape themselves to survive.
There are several key trends transforming modern Enterprise IT including public cloud and flash, and the pressure from these shifts is only going to increase in 2016.
"Any large IT vendor that doesn’t derive a meaningful amount of its revenue from the public cloud in 2016 is going to be left behind. Similarly, enterprises that have had their first taste of flash are now hungry for more, and are looking to move it from the fringe to the data centre core."
2. Cloud to create more disruption
Mark Baker, OpenStack Product Manager, Canonical: "2016 will be the year of even more disruption, if you can believe it. The convergence of Cloud, IoT and OpenSource will drive the expansion of "commoditized innovation", rapid innovation through collaboration at commodity scale economics.
"In business, public cloud providers will start to deliver on premises implementations leading to OpenStack’s competitive edge becoming its Open Source credentials and freedom from lock-in. Enterprises will start to get service modelling, tools built around configuration management will start to fade and enterprise computing will become synonymous with ‘unnecessarily expensive."
3. The rise of Container-as-a-Service
David Messina, VP of marketing at Docker: "The rise of Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) will facilitate Ops-originated application delivery. Deployment and use of containers in production will be greatly eased by Ops-led Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) architectures focused on enabling IT’s ability to deconstruct monolithic application architectures in favor of microservices.
"CaaS will succeed without requiring organizational changes as seen with with the rise of DevOps, eliminating the need to retool and re-skill by refocusing on what Ops can do for Dev through integration of core and container technologies, thereby creating a more circular pattern of collaboration."
4. Cloud continues to enable big data
Greg Hanson, VP EMEA at Informatica: We’ll see the rise of so-called ‘industry clouds’, which will provide ready-made data analytics infrastructures to help individual sectors overcome common problems.
"For example, this will enable data-heavy industries like utilities and logistics to quickly sift information from connected devices to find out where faults or packages are located. Data will also become more democratic, increasingly being put in the hands of frontline employees to help them make informed on-the-spot decisions to drive customer engagement."
5. Who is responsible?
Maarten Ectors, VP IoT, Canonical: "Remotely controlled cloud devices, such as drones, whilst allowing for businesses to remotely survey an area or monitor equipment, also raise concerns about privacy.
"Liability is also an issue, a drone crash in one country whilst being operated by someone in another raises distinct cross-border issues; who is responsible? Cloud security and the integrity of your smart home devices will also be challenged. The day your toaster can be hacked is truly worrying, and not far away.