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ProfitBricks 2016 Predictions: Containers, MSPs and IoT - The 2016 Enterprise Cloud Landscape

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

Contributed by Achim Weiss, CEO of ProfitBricks

Containers, MSPs and IoT: The 2016 Enterprise Cloud Landscape

Cloud natives have already embraced the public cloud with open arms - it's about time the enterprise got there too. The true mass market for public cloud is here, and it's going to significantly impact the industry as we head into 2016. Clouds today are able to easily handle both cloud native and traditional legacy workloads by closing the gap in requirements to meet migrations of all kinds. Here are five ways enterprises will embrace the cloud in the New Year:

Containers and microservices will soar: We're going to see the adoption rate of containers and microservices increase exponentially. This is for a few reasons, most importantly of which is that many enterprises now have the ability to build new applications and prepare to run them in containers on any cloud provider, and not be locked into one provider or have the overhead of running them in a monolithic virtualized on-premises data center.

Kubernetes will gain momentum: As containerization picks up, we'll see Docker slowly but surely be overshadowed by an extraordinary increase in momentum and interest in Kubernetes, as teams start looking for ways to deploy, maintain and scale containers across clusters and hosts. The recent Tectonic Summit put on by Docker's frenemy CoreOS received a lot of attention, and its Tectonic offering is mature.

More "Infrastructure Automation" companies will launch: It's no secret that the DevOps community is of growing interest to those providing components of a fully programmable infrastructure - and for good reason. Scalable resources through cloud computing are important, but infrastructure as code and automation tools are of increasing importance across a diverse set of workloads. The market is so large that we recently published an infographic of the infrastructure automation ecosystem so we could help the community keep track. In 2016 we will see more companies launch with the focus of providing infrastructure automation to this community.

IoT gets real: This will also be the year where the majority of businesses shift to cloud computing architectures that can handle the massive number of devices and data flowing in from these connected devices while insuring both data protection and low latency. The growth in connected devices, especially within the industrial, agricultural and consumer sectors in 2015, means the amount of data is growing exponentially, which requires more analytics in low latency clouds to assure accurate, real-time use of this information.

Migration through MSPs will rise: As cloud enters the mainstream market in 2016, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) will help their clients close the server closets and server rooms across small and medium sized businesses in the U.S. The call to action for MSPs will grow as companies make the decision to migrate, and need the support in order to do so successfully.


About the Author

Achim Weiss is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of ProfitBricks, and is one of the world's top experts on developing massive scaling Internet infrastructures. In 1995, Achim Weiss broke off his studies to co-found the web hosting company "Schlund+Partner". The company "Schlund+Partner" later became the 1&1 web hosting product line. From 1995 to 2008, he was the responsible technical director for several important projects: the largest web hosting platform in the world, the second largest DSL platform, a video on-demand delivery network, the largest eMail backend in Europe, and a universal billing system.


Published Thursday, December 17, 2015 8:03 AM by David Marshall
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