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NEA 2016 Predictions: The Year for Acceleration

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

Contributed by Aaron Jacobson, Principal, NEA

The Year for Acceleration

The Private IPO Party is Over:

More companies will IPO at valuations equal or below that of their last round.  Public institutional investors, once eager to get in before the IPO, will increasingly pass on late-stage deals and wait for the public offering. Except for a select group of high fliers, late-stage companies will be forced to accelerate their IPO plans or if unready to go public, cut difficult deals with private equity investors.

Data Breach Bonanza:

If you thought 2015 was tough with major data breaches at CVS, Anthem, the IRS, and the OPM, batten down the hatches for 2016.  Enterprises continue to rely on the citadel approach to security (protect the corporate network by laying defenses at the edge) yet the shift to cloud and mobile have long since broken down the perimeters of corporate IT. Expect more major breaches at the Fortune 500 and Government agencies as these organizations are slow to adopt technologies built for perimeterless world.

Containers Cross the Chasm:

In 2016, both CoreOS and Docker will be in fierce competition to land customers for their recently released enterprise-class orchestration tools, which enable containerized applications to run in production.  Look for major announcements by both of leading Fortune 500 companies committed to "containerizing" their infrastructure.

Spark Ignites A Fire In Big Data:

Spark, which is able to perform big data calculations 100x faster than Hadoop MapReduce, saw tremendous growth in 2015 and has become the most active Apache open source Big Data project.  2016 will see Spark grow beyond the Hadoop community as it cements itself as a data processing platform used not just by data engineers, but any application or analyst that touches data.

Facebook goes to Facework:

Next year will see the launch of a serious effort by Facebook to penetrate the enterprise with "Facebook at Work".  LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Slack watch out!

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About the Author

Aaron Jacobson is Principal at NEA, and is focused on information and energy technology investments. 

Published Tuesday, December 29, 2015 9:05 AM by David Marshall
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