2017 is going to be a big and fruitful year for the cloud. When it comes to key cloud trends to watch out in 2017, you have to be extremely careful in order to identify the right ones. Here are some of the safest cloud bets:
In 2017 public-cloud providers won’t have problems hitting the big revenue numbers.
When you combine a revenue combination of SaaS (Software as a Service) and public-cloud services, you can expect an impressive growth rate of more than 20% in the next 3 to 5 years. Here’s an illustrative jaw-dropping number worth remembering. In 2016 public cloud spending reached $70 billion. In 2026, we’re reaching astronomical numbers as high as $500 billion.
The cloud will become a definitive must-use for huge production workloads.
At the beginning, we used cloud services mainly for testing and development services. Now, we are becoming more and more dependent on them for huge and time-demanding production workloads. This trend will be one of the major game-changers in 2017.
Computing as-a-service resources will expand further.
The major public-cloud providers, for instance AWS, will continue to expand their offers. This means entering into business areas previously reserved for their software partners and developers.
Private data centers will survive.
The overwhelming majority of organizations won’t give up on their legitimate request to keep their sensitive data on-premises for their own privacy and legal reasons. This is something we can refer to as “the pragmatic hybrid cloud.” The cloud industry will certainly not object.
The Fantastic Four: machine learning, IoT, containers, and serverless computing will make a significant mark in 2017.
When it comes to machine learning, we can expect to witness additional progress in developing voice interfaces and image recognition. Regarding IoT, we already have millions of sensors and smart devices knocking on our doors and coming online. Which container-management products are very likely to prevail in 2017? Well, here’s a hint. The AWS introduced Blox with an obvious wish to challenge Mesos, Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, and other market-leaders in this field.
The voice interface is going to be a big deal.
The option for developers to create and use apps by accessing voice-interaction cloud services in 2017 will be a big deal. If you are looking for some reliable indicators in this field, then you should neglect Apple’s Siri for a moment, and focus your attention on Amazon’s Alexa. We sure hope that Alexa will have enough time in 2017 to become a part of the successful smartphone story, as well.
Multi-cloud will still be around.
Enterprises won’t give up easily on useful multi-cloud solutions and strategies in 2017. They will always look for new ways to get the best deal with cloud providers. This means that they will both combine and select the most optimal and affordable services, which include multiple providers.
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