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Qubole 2016 Prediction: The Elephant in the Cloud in 2016

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2016.  Read them in this 8th Annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Ashish Thusoo, CEO and co-founder of Qubole

The Elephant in the Cloud in 2016

IoT and the cloud. With the ever increasing amount of data produced through connected environments and apps, the need for big data and analytics is just getting more and more pronounced. As this market transitions to the mainstream, there is a need to simplify the process of unlocking big data insights. Cloud-based big data services are driving a lot of this, and increasingly making big data accessible in a simplified manner to the mainstream market. This trend will keep accelerating. We will also see an increased focus on vertical analytical applications in industries, such as the healthcare sector, that will further simplify the usage of big data and its overall adoption. 

Storage and compute. Much of the demand for simplifying the management of decoupled storage and compute come from companies that are new to the cloud. These are companies that haven't developed the expertise to use the cloud and don't want to bother with managing their cloud. Organizations new to the cloud are looking for service providers that can manage their entire cloud infrastructure. Similar to the traditional data center industry, partner ecosystems will continue to emerge in the cloud in 2016 and will continue to evolve at a much more rapid pace, due to rapid adoption and customer demand for complete solutions, better pricing and better performance.

Enterprise cloud adoption. In the year ahead, we can expect to see the cloud-based big data ecosystem continue its momentum in the overall market at more than just the "early adopter" margin. Some of the leading enterprises have already begun to split workloads in a bi-modal fashion and run some data workloads in the cloud in the second half of 2015. Many expect this to accelerate strongly through next year as these solutions move further along the adoption cycle.

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About the Author

Ashish Thusoo, CEO and co-founder of Qubole

Before co-founding Qubole Ashish ran Facebook's Data Infrastructure team; under his leadership the team built one of the largest data processing and analytics platforms in the world. This platform achieved not just the bold aim of making data accessible to analysts, engineers and data scientists, but drove the "big data" revolution. In the process of scaling Facebook's big data infrastructure, he helped drive the creation of a host of tools, technologies and templates that are used industry wide today. Ashish also contributed to the development of the Apache Hive data warehouse infrastructure project for Hadoop.

Published Thursday, November 05, 2015 6:30 AM by David Marshall
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