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Nuvepro Technologies 2016 Predictions: The Cloud Evolves

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

Contributed by Giridhar L V, Co-founder and CEO at Nuvepro Technologies

2016 - The Cloud Evolves

Consolidation in the Public Cloud seems to have started. HP decided to shut down its Public Cloud initiative and instead decided to recommend Azure to its customers. Rackspace decided to extend its fanatical support to both AWS and Azure, probably setting a path where if they need to move away from their own datacenters, they can do that. Google brought in Diane Greene (VMWare founder) to lead its Cloud effort, giving both AWS and Microsoft notice of its continued interest in the Public Cloud. So, it basically looks like a 3 horse race to the Public Cloud riches. We should expect all three of these vendors to continue cutting prices, updating their offerings and announcing new customer wins.

Hybrid Cloud will get another boost this year with the release of AzureStack from Microsoft. AzureStack should give a single cloud feel across both on premise and Public Cloud Azure. But, it's a grounds up development, expect at least a year or more before it starts get widely adopted by the Enterprise.

Migration seems to be single most important message that AWS was giving at its conference. Migrate all workloads to AWS. Migration can also limit the importance of having a Hybrid Cloud. Basically if there are no workloads on premise, then there is no need for a Hybrid Cloud. Without a true on premise Cloud software, migration seems to be AWS's weapon against Azure Stack.

The push towards the channel (Service Provider, VAR) by the Public Cloud vendors started a couple of years ago with the CSP program from Microsoft and the renewed interest by AWS. Expecting to see new API and feature support targeting the channel this year. With so many channel partners moving towards offering Public Cloud services, differentiation is a word that will be start becoming critical and important. The differentiation could be in the form of managed services, solutions, IPs etc.

The Service Catalog or a list of different solutions for users to choose from either from a Service Provider portal or an Enterprise portal is beginning to see a lot of interest. The solutions are typically a combination of various Cloud elements like VMs, storage, databases etc. While the cloud vendors like Microsoft and AWS provide standard out of the box definitions for the Service Catalog in terms of Sharepoint, VDI etc., we have seen that each and every customer or deployment has something custom to be done. Expecting this trend to become the standard.

The hype around OpenStack should continue to cool down. With Containers beginning to play a key role in application development, production, and the fact that Containers can even run on bare metal servers, will OpenStack fade away? Let's wait and watch.

Happy New Year 2016!!!

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About the Author

Giridhar L V has close to 20 years of leadership and product development experience in the data protection and cloud management area. He is currently the Co-founder and CEO at Nuvepro Technologies (www.nuvepro.com). Nuvepro builds solutions that enables Enterprises to connect to the cloud of their choice, the Right Cloud.

Published Monday, December 14, 2015 11:31 AM by David Marshall
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