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Code42 2015 Predictions: Five Hybrid Cloud Predictions


Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2015.  Read them in this series exclusive.

Contributed article by Matthew Dornquast, co-founder and CEO of Code42

5 Predictions for Hybrid Cloud in 2015

CIOs face many new challenges as we approach 2015, including risk management associated with the growing number of unsanctioned consumer apps creeping into the workplace; supporting the myriad devices that come with BYOD; and, most importantly, evolving help desk services to keep pace with the changing needs of enterprise users. 

Employees will continue to bring new devices and apps to boost their work productivity in 2015. As a result, IT departments need to set protocols for managing personal and professional data on multiple devices. 

As enterprise IT gets a handle on employee needs-those currently met using rogue consumer cloud apps-they'll realize hybrid cloud's attractiveness; it's the capacity and elasticity of the public cloud combined with the security/privacy of private clouds. According to Gartner, nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. 

Here are five predictions about the market factors that will drive hybrid cloud adoption in 2015: 

1) Free Unlimited Storage Goes Mainstream 

2015 will be the year of free unlimited cloud storage. Expect Google Drive, Microsoft SharePoint and Dropbox (among others) to offer unlimited storage to consumers at no cost. As more people take advantage of no-cost storage, expect more unsanctioned use of these cloud storage apps in the enterprise. 

2) Private Cloud Takes Center Stage

While enterprises want to support cloud-based apps, CIOs need to balance it with their need to lock down data. This will spur companies to look at private cloud deployments, and, ultimately, hybrid cloud configurations. In fact, in 2014, 80 percent of Code42 customers selected private or hybrid cloud implementations over pure public cloud. 

3) IT Can't Stand in the Way of User Productivity

While it is still premature to call hybrid cloud the next big thing, that might change in 2015. While IT will need to focus on data privacy, they'll also need to support popular user productivity apps, driving a breakout year for the hybrid cloud.   

4) Mounting Privacy Concerns

Not a year goes by without a major data breach-or three. Enterprises need to know where their data is housed. Privacy concerns regarding public cloud data will only intensify in 2015 as more high-profile breaches are made public.  

5) More Governance from the Top

Because consumer privacy breaches are a major liability and headache for corporations, expect greater public policy disclosures and increased movement to secure data affecting privacy and personal data risks. Expect companies to increasingly spell out policies to protect the privacy of company data and delineate which data must remain on-premises.


Published Thursday, December 04, 2014 6:23 AM by David Marshall
@VMblog - (Author's Link) - February 10, 2015 6:59 AM

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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