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Skytap 2017 Predictions: 2017 Brings New Complexities to the Cloud

VMblog Predictions 2017

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2017.  Read them in this 9th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Dan Jones, Director of Product Management, Skytap

2017 Brings New Complexities to the Cloud

With the enterprise seal of approval for the cloud firmly in place, in 2017 we will see companies mature to seeking out more complex solutions that provide them with seamless migration, on-demand scalability, increase production speeds, and deliver cost savings metrics.

Generally, we are past the unreasonable hype phase of DevOps and now starting to look at real results. What we see is that DevOps is difficult even wrenching to put into place, but the benefits are so compelling there really is no choice for most organizations. How can they not do something that makes them faster and more stable at the same time?

Here are a couple ways I see 2017 changing the cloud landscape:

1. Container adoption will move from early adopters to early majority in 2017. This shift will be marked by an increase in software vendors adding container capabilities to their existing products and introducing new products. We will also see new solutions that improve manageability of containers at scale.
For example, this year we saw Docker get serious about enabling customers to run containers in production. The launch of Docker Datacenter, with manageability and security features moved the needle a long way. For many though, Kubernetes is the choice for container orchestration. One start-up aiming to simplify the adoption of Kubernetes is Heptio, founded by the guys from Google who kick started the project, came out of stealth mode late this year. The container snowball of innovation is overwhelming many of the tools that have traditionally been associated with DevOps.

While container adoption goes up, so will the adoption of purpose-driven clouds. Building a portfolio of purpose-driven clouds that work together is the next evolution in a more intelligent multi-cloud approach, which leads into my next thought for 2017:
2. Multi-cloud saturates the market in 2017 driven by skyrocketing enterprise adoption of purpose-driven clouds. Adoption rates of multi-cloud are high in the enterprise with Forrester reporting some 65 percent of companies already onboard, but anticipate that uptick to gain an even steeper trajectory in 2017 as more enterprises than ever are discovering the critical value proposition leveraging a mix of clouds built for a specific purpose. Purpose-driven clouds generally have less over-provisioning, and often out-perform generic multi-purpose "one-size-fits-all" solutions. By using the right platform for the right workload, enterprises have been able to cut costs, increase overall performance and efficiency, and consistently deliver features that support business needs.

2017 will be a year to watch, as we see more adoption of tools like containers and strategies such as purpose-driven clouds affect a more focused cloud landscape.


About the Author

Dan Jones (@kwikstx) is a director of product management at Skytap, a public cloud service provider that extends enterprise Cloud and DevOps strategies to traditional on-premises applications. He has held key product and program management roles over a 20+ year career at Nordstrom, Microsoft, IBM Rational and others, with a focus on better integration of development and IT operations for faster software delivery with high performance and reliability.

Dan Jones

Published Tuesday, December 20, 2016 7:05 AM by David Marshall
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