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DreamHost 2016 Predictions: 2016 is the Year the Mainstream - and MSPs - Take to the Clouds

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

Contributed by Stefano Maffulli, Director of Cloud Marketing and Community, DreamHost

2016 is the Year the Mainstream - and MSPs - Take to the Clouds

This year we've really seen the cloud seeded with new and updated offerings that have focused on maturing capabilities and improved accessibility. That should forecast a heavy rain of adoption across new sectors in the year to come.

Prediction #1: The cloud is now for everyone

I think 2016 will be the year when customers of traditional hosting products will start to move their websites and applications to the cloud. Cloud offerings keep maturing, and now there are plenty to choose from (such as DreamCloud) that are simple, inexpensive, and effective. The tools available to users of hosting products are also ready to make use of the simplicity and power of object storage (as opposed to the clunkiness of FTP, for example). 2016 is going to be the year when the mature Internet users will transition to the cloud en masse.

Prediction #2: Here come the MSPs

Managed service providers will find it easier to get into the management of cloud services, thanks to simpler deployment models and APIs - like with what's being offered by OpenStack. Until recently, providing cloud services meant clearing some relatively high technical hurdles, not likely to be attempted by MSPs without deep expertise on their rosters. 2016 is the year that the cloud comes much more within reach of MSPs, ultimately resulting in lowered costs for organizations (with savings on software licensing costs) and increased agility (with internal IT less anchored to its own infrastructure).

Prediction #3: Hosted cloud for enterprises

2016 will see strengthening adoption of hosted cloud for enterprises in service provider and telco data centers. This adoption will feature some shared infrastructure (such as in the networking and control plane functions). This fuller enterprise cloud adoption will allow for more flexible, scalable, and quicker-to-deploy infrastructure to more ably adapt to business needs.

If one thing is clear, the future is cloudy, and businesses seeking transitions to simpler and more agile solutions will see their needs met.

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About the Author

Stefano Maffulli is Director of Cloud Marketing and Community at DreamHost, a global web hosting, domain registrar and cloud services provider whose offerings include the cloud storage service DreamObjects and the cloud computing service DreamCompute.

Published Friday, November 06, 2015 10:06 AM by David Marshall
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