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AeroFS 2015 Predictions: A Cloudy Forecast - Cloud Predictions


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Contributed article by Yuri Sagalov, CEO of AeroFS

A Cloudy Forecast: 2015 Cloud Predictions

As we come towards the end of Q4, 2014, now is a good time to look at the emerging trends for 2015, and maybe even make some predictions.

Earlier this year I noted that the explosion of the private cloud is going to be hard to ignore for software vendors and enterprises.  In fact, since making some of those statements back in June, interest in the private cloud has continued to grow exponentially, and as of November searches for OpenStack now eclipse searches for Amazon's EC2 with no signs of stopping.

So what does this mean for enterprises?

1.  Most large enterprises will deploy a private cloud by the end of 2015.

In a report published in October, 2013, Gartner noted that 50% of polled enterprises had deployed a private cloud in some capacity. They predicted this trend to continue through 2014, and we predict that by the end of 2015 private cloud computing will be the de-facto standard for companies that need to maintain control over their data.  

2.  Many, if not most, of these private clouds will be powered by OpenStack.

OpenStack is emerged as the only standard that matters in private cloud computing. Competing solutions such as Apache's CloudStack and the myriad of solutions from other vendors such as VMWare simply have not picked up adoption. This year, companies like Cisco and HP have thrown their weight behind OpenStack (Cisco with the acquisition of MetaCloud, and HP with the release of their own version of OpenStack, Helion). In fact, even VMWare has jumped on the OpenStack train and officially began supporting it. The biggest complaint that OpenStack has previously suffered (the difficult of deployment), may finally be addressed with the $100M investment in Mirantis, an OpenStack vendor that offers turnkey deployments.

3.  Enterprises will increasingly expect a choice of deployment model for their SaaS applications: Public Cloud or Private Cloud.

If we believe the first two points to be true, the natural thing for IT organizations to focus on next would be the cloud applications they use.  IT administrators will increasingly expect software vendors to provide both public cloud and private cloud versions of their software. This will particularly be true with software that interacts with PCI, PHI, or generally confidential information such as collaboration software.

The increasing adoption of the private cloud means that the word "cloud" is about to undergo another change and most likely come back to it's original meaning. Utilizing the "cloud" will no longer mean simply using Amazon's EC2 or Microsoft's Azure, and instead it will once again mean utilizing the power of elasticity and enabling better resource utilization whether you're using your own data centers or someone else's.


About the Author

Yuri Sagalov is the CEO and co-founder of AeroFS, which he started with his co-founder and CTO Weihan Wang in 2010. He graduated from the University of Toronto's elite Engineering Science program, majoring in Computer Engineering. Yuri was studying towards a Masters of Applied Science focusing on Distributed Systems at the University of Toronto before taking a leave of absence to start AeroFS.
Published Monday, December 01, 2014 7:29 AM by David Marshall
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Once again, how great is it to be a part of the virtualization and cloud industries? 2014 was another banner year, and we witnessed a number of fantastic technologies take shape and skyrocket. And I, along with many industry experts and executives, media

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