A peek into the crystal ball

Cloud, Containers and Co.: 5 IT forecasts for 2016

Michael Thomas
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VMTurbo founders Yechiam Yemini and Yuri Rabover, as well as Principal Solutions Engineer Eric Wright have braved a look into the future and identified a few trends for the upcoming year.

Their forecasts are based on their own experience, as well as the results of two surveys which are presented in the State of the Cloud Report (RightScale) and in The State of Latency, Containers & Microservices Report (VMTurbo). Aside from a few general forecasts, such as what 2016 will bring or that insufficient attention has so far been paid to security in the entire technology stack, they present 5 central predictions:

1. The Cloud will supersede on-premise solutions

As the studies consulted by the VMTurbo experts showed, 82% of the companies surveyed already pursue a hybrid-cloud strategy; more than half of the companies indicated that more than 20% of their applications are ready for cloud operation.

Traditional solution providers should therefore be on guard according to Rabover; only those which will push the adoption and easy deployment of public and hybrid cloud models will, in his opinion, be among the market winners.

2. Cloud native applications gaining in importance

According to Rabover, most of the newly developed applications provided in public clouds will follow the stateless scale-out model. The increasing importance of private cloud platforms, Rabover continues, will in addition make the adoption of continuous integration or continuous delivery practices practically unavoidable. The prospects here do not look all too bad: in the RightScale survey, 71% of the companies indicated that they are following a DevOps approach – which, however, in certain cases may not mean much.

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3. Traditional virtualization becoming less important

Tradition hypervisor virtualization will become less important in favor of bare metal containers and open source alternatives. Rabover predicts that hyper-converged and modular offers will lead the way from individual server farms to connected computer network storage pools, making conventional virtualization redundant.

4. Containers will become more sophisticated and better suited for enterprise use

25% of VMTurbo survey participants indicated that they already use containers or are considering their use. According to Wright’s prediction, Docker will become more and more “business-friendly” in the future thanks to integration with Kitematic, SocketPlane, Tutum and other solutions. However, the name will no longer automatically be the first to come up in terms of containers; with regard to container orchestration, Wright mentions Kubernetes as the “new Docker.” Additional hot topics according to Wright will include security issues, as well as the first results of work on the Open Container Initiative which focused on the fight against the fragmentation of the container market.

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5. All data will become Big Data

Over the past years, the volumes of data have increased exponentially – a trend which will not turn around in the foreseeable future. The key to success therefore lies in the possibly most effective processing of large data volumes, whereby technologies like Hadoop with its PPP approach (Partitioning, Parallelizing, Phasing) will be of particular significance.

Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas studied Educational Science at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and has been working as a freelance author at since 2013.

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