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Looking Back at Last Year's IT Predictions

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Looking Back at Last Year's IT Predictions

2016 was a year of moving toward agile practices and DevOps and an increased maturity and refinement of containers, container orchestration, and hybrid clouds.

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The fun part of predictions is that we get to revisit them at the end of the year. They always say that hindsight is 20/20, so let’s take a peek at what my predictions authors pulled together from our previous IT industry predictions from 2016.

Let’s touch on some of the key items to see how things went in 2016. First...

The Rise of Cloud and Denting Traditional On-Premises Footprints

It’s tricky to find the numbers that are an honest way to provide the story about who is winning the cloud versus on-prem war. It’s kind of interesting that we even see it as a war, but in a world where the cloud-native folks are driving the bus forward and the server huggers are running to try to get a ride, we have to step back and see what the real effect is.

We are definitely seeing a rise in active cloud consumption by folks that weren’t in the market for it a year or more ago. Is it reducing the amount of data center real estate? Not yet. Is it slowing the growth of traditional data center deployments? I would say that we can all agree this is the case. It’s just a matter of how we can effectively measure the effect.

Big Data and Storage Shifts

There are many alternatives to the way that we’ve been storing data for the last couple of decades. Whether it’s databases becoming data lakes, or data puddles at this point. Data is becoming a commodity that is being mined, archived, and repurposed in ways that we had never thought it would be.

This also means that we are keeping many more copies of data and content than we did before. This has given rise to an increase of Big Data platforms and object storage growth.

DevOps, Containers, and Kubernetes, Oh My!

Yes, just like the Year of VDI, it is always the year of DevOps. What happened in 2016 is that we more broadly accepted that DevOps as a pure practice isn’t going to be the final destination for many organizations. We are seeing that everyone is taking a run at implementing more agile practices, which opens the door to what DevOps was designed to solve: increase the velocity of business in how we are managing software.

Containers are legitimate first-class citizens in every public cloud platform, and even the virtualization providers have brought their container support to the market in order to stave off being upended by a shift towards smoother consumption of containerized infrastructure in the cloudy realms.

Kubernetes is also clearly doing for container orchestration what Docker did for containers in the beginning. The real question will be whether alternatives like Mesos, DC/OS, and Docker Swarm can catch up, or if they will be reticent to hold a healthy second place on the podium. Being second to Kubernetes in overall deployments is like being second place to Amazon; it’s a pretty decent place to be.

Microsoft and Hybrid Clouds

As predicted, we are seeing the boost in Microsoft revenues from the cloud (some even saying it’s now the fastest growing cloud) and the hybrid implementations across all virtual and cloud infrastructure platforms is seeming to be the winning architecture. Hybrid cloud is the new cloud, one may say.

Even public cloud infrastructure is becoming a hybrid of what we started with. Multi-cloud implementations are prevalent among many enterprise and startup companies. The ability for vendors to span the many clouds is becoming table stakes as we head into a very aggressive year in 2017 around building the true platforms for the next-generation of IT.

Don’t forget to check out the 2017 predictions and we will check in next December to see just how well we did on this year’s thoughts and predictions. Thank you to YY, Yuri, and to all of the readers here at the Turbonomic and ON:Technology blog.

Happy New Year and welcome 2017!

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