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CloudVelox 2016 Predictions: The Cloud will Dominate IT Headlines in 2016

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

Contributed by Gregory Ness, VP Worldwide Marketing, CloudVelox

The Cloud will Dominate IT Headlines in 2016

The Cloud will Dominate IT Headlines in 20016, thanks to a series of significant developments in cloud migration software and best practices, IaaS security and the beginning of a shift to cloud recovery.

1- Cloud Migration Software Matures. New game-changing capabilities will include: 1) the ability to migrate waves of servers/VMs and services in a single motion; 2) support for native database tools (instead of third party tools); 3) increasing support for NFS and other standards 4) live migration; and 5) automation will streamline processes, making cloud migration scripts obsolete.
2- IaaS Security Will be Enhanced. New security and compliance capabilities and SLAs by IaaS cloud providers will put them at parity - or make them more secure - than most alternatives, such as private data centers. Advancements in cloud migration automation (in networking policies and services that extend into IaaS) will make cloud deployments more secure and available.
3- Hosting and Colocation Industry Consolidation. With growing IaaS adoption, we'll see accelerated consolidation among traditional third party data center hosting and colocation players. They will have to compete for fewer buyers, pressuring margins and leading to some previously successful players to fail.  One of the key drivers of the consolidation will be the disruption of traditional (non-cloud) DRaaS providers and fewer companies leasing 3rd party data centers.
4- Enterprises will Double the Adoption Rate of IaaS for Traditional Workloads.  As IaaS providers offer more security, compliance and cloud migration automation software matures, more enterprises will deploy traditional workloads into IaaS. Average migration projects will grow from dozens of workloads to hundreds.
5- The leading driver for the adoption of IaaS for traditional workloads will be use cases related to disaster recovery and protection.  Data center app, networking, storage integration with cloud APIs will allow enterprises to automatically update cloud storage volumes that can be easily ignited into production during testing and outages. This will enhance trust and protection and reduce costs.
6- The notion of private cloud will ride off into the sunset. We will see enterprises look to IaaS and hybrid clouds to address agility, protection and scalability challenges versus stacking up hypervisors in new data centers.


About the Author

Greg is VP WW Marketing for CloudVelox. Before CloudVelox Greg was Chief Marketing Officer at Vantage Data Centers, where he helped the company establish itself as a leader in wholesale data centers. He joined Vantage from Infoblox (BLOX) where he was Vice President of Corporate Marketing. Before Infoblox, Greg was Vice President of Marketing at Blue Lane Technologies (acquired by VMware) and Senior Director of Corporate Marketing at Redline Networks (acquired by Juniper Networks). Before Redline Greg had key marketing roles at IntruVert (acquired by McAfee) and ShoreTel (SHOR).

Gregory has a BA in Political Science from Reed College and a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. He has spoken at Cisco Live, Future in Review, Interop, and Cloud Connect on topics related to networking, virtualization and cloud computing. 


Published Friday, December 18, 2015 6:29 AM by David Marshall
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