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Intermedia 2016 Predictions: Forecasting 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 Jonathan Levine, CTO of Intermedia

Forecasting the Cloud in 2016

Cloud migration in full force

With the movement from on-premise email to the cloud already in motion, we'll see a rise in business applications doing the same. Virtual desktop, collaboration, analytics and back-end office apps (account / HR systems, expensive management systems, etc.) will mark 2016 as the year that the "cloud-first" mentality comes to business. 

Major cloud breach... but no one will care

They've managed to dodge the bullet thus far but the luck runs out in 2016 when we expect a major cloud provider to suffer a breach that affects an unprecedented amount of business entities. However, it won't affect consumer sentiment for two reasons: first, compromised providers have become "the new normal" and second, the full extent and repercussions of the breach won't be comprehended for months and potentially even years after the event. 

Moving on from hybrid cloud

In 2016, the supposed security benefits of hybrid cloud will no longer be enough to dissuade IT from making the full leap to the cloud. While the perceived advantage of the hybrid cloud is better security and fixed costs, the potential cost savings of a purely-cloud model will become too great to ignore. Businesses will recognize this and begin to view the hybrid cloud as more trouble than it's worth. 

Bigger shift towards the convergence between tablets and laptops

From an IT perspective, we've been accustomed to providing Mac and Windows OS on primary computing devices. 2016 is the year that iOS joins that equation, thanks to the iPad Pro. While it runs the same OS as the iPhone and traditional iPad, the way people will use it is fundamentally different. Users want to use the iPad Pro and the likes as a laptop alternative, increasing the complexity of application management, screen factors, permissions and storage. Overall, devices like the iPad Pro will force IT to think about operating software differently and change the functionality for end-user IT. 

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About the Author

Jonathan Levine joined Intermedia in 2015 with more than twenty-five years of experience in information technology, cloud operations, data analytics, software development and corporate strategy.  As Chief Technology Officer, he is responsible for the company's technology strategy, ensuring that Intermedia continues to deliver the security, availability and value that its customers depend on.

Prior to Intermedia, Levine served in wide variety of senior leadership roles at Rakuten, Japanese leading e-commerce and Internet service company.  Most recently, he was the Vice Managing Director of Rakuten Group's Development Unit, where he was responsible for global technology and corporate infrastructure, and where he established Rakuten's Next Generation Data Center, Private Cloud, Backbone Network and Global Development and Operation Center.

Levine was also a board member of Fusion Communications, Rakuten's telecommunications carrier, ISP and public cloud subsidiary.  Previously, he served as Board Director, Chief Operating Officer, co-President and CTO of Rakuten's Online Advertising Subsidiary LinkShare; he was also an Advisor to the CEO and to the CTO of Rakuten Group, and he lead important initiatives in platform modernization, globalization and data analytics. During his tenure, Rakuten expanded from fewer than fifty employees to more than 10,000.

Prior to his long career at Rakuten, Levine was co-founder and VP of Engineering at ePhysician.  He also held management positions at Internet pioneer PointCast, IBM and Lotus Development.  Early in his career he was a software developer for Oracle.

Levine holds five patents on his innovations in online marketing and database technology, is the co-author of two books on e-commerce and Java technology, and is a popular speaker and interviewee in Japan on cloud, virtualization, and database consolidation.

Published Monday, December 14, 2015 8:03 AM by David Marshall
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