Cloud Computing Trends for 2016
As IT folks begin to wind down 2015, it’s a great time to consider what 2016 may hold in store. Last year at this time, we shared some cloud computing trends that Gartner made. Looking back now, two of them could easily be trends for next year.
- Hybrid cloud computing is an imperative. This trend is certainly heating up, and we’ve seen it on a number of lists this quarter as people think about 2016. NetApp has a multilayered hybrid cloud architecture that goes a long way in helping IT manage that common hybrid IT challenge. With a self-service portal, the cloud management platform helps bridge the gaps between enterprise cloud providers, hyperscale providers, FlexPod, and Data Fabric, which is NetApp’s data management architecture. The fact that NetApp has shifted their entire focus for 2016 to flash and hybrid cloud computing speaks volumes for its importance as a data center mainstay.
- Cloud computing influences future data center and operational models. This too is one trend from last year that should be on the list for 2016. Data intensive solutions, from IoT and social media, will strain traditional data center storage services. Cloud computing will continue to evolve and grow as these storage needs expand beyond the walls of the enterprise.
The one trend that we’ve seen make almost everyone’s list thus far for 2016 is data security. With all the myriad benefits that the cloud provides, its one potential downfall is robust security. I believe that security will become the most important factor for public cloud success. I do believe that for most organizations and enterprises, data security will drive more hybrid cloud adoption (one of the trends we certainly see for next year), and I think that data security will become a hot topic for all organizations and consumers as well. The data breach will continue to be a headline in 2016 (and beyond).
Another trend we see continuing to play out is IT’s role in facilitating cloud computing solutions. Historically, IT has been a provider of all things IT-related – including the early cloud – but as applications take to the cloud, IT is fast becoming an enabler. This consumerization of IT and the cloud means greater corporate agility, as lines-of-business make faster decisions about how to get work done, but it poses challenges for IT when it comes to data protection, network security, and managing data center resources. We’ve been blogging about Shadow IT and cloud proliferation for quite some time, and it seems that we’ll continue to do so in the future as well.
We’d love your thoughts on cloud computing trends for 2016. What trends do you see coming our way and what should we expect to see?