Cloud Trends To Expect In 2016

Cloud computing has evolved through many different stages of progression since it arrived in 1999. Since then, cloud technology has become increasingly sophisticated each year, and 2016 will be no exception. Here are some major cloud trends to look out for in the next few months.


This term refers to the operations that are required to maintain and oversee the process of managing activity within a cloud-based environment. Areas of operation include security, management, performance and the extensive use of analytics.

Cloudops is an essential service that is becoming increasingly important as more businesses make the move to the cloud. Cloudop specialists need to utilise the trend data that is produced from cloudop analytics. An example of how this data can be utilised is by highlighting read-write errors that are an indication that a hard disk in the cloud is about to fail and needs to be swapped out. The data can also deliver information regarding disk capacity and will alert a cloud services provider that they need to purchase more servers or hardware in order to manage the cloud needs of their existing or future customers.

As enterprises are demanding more from clouds, the ops data can also assist in deciding thresholds for server policies which will ensure that cloud customers can be allocated what they need without it impacting on the overall service of your cloud servers.

Cloud data, which is also referred to as cloud metrics can provide critical information about uptime and service disruptions as well as the performance of your cloud servers.

Cloudops is one of the cloud trends that is likely to explode in 2016. Predictive analytics will become more user-friendly and an essential part of any cloud-based business.

Cloud Containers

Cloud containers are a cost-effective and efficient way of accessing a business application in the cloud. Essentially, containers-as-a-service work by cutting down on the amount of resources that are wasted by running one application from one operating system. Instead an o/s launches several applications to ensure that memory and disk space are not wasted. However, the container approach allows an app to run as if it is isolated with a guarantee of no conflicts between apps running from the same platform.

Docker and CoreOS already have containers that are popular in industry. However, in general the container-as-a-service technology still has some maturing to do in terms of security and networking. It is predicted that these issues will be addressed and corrected in 2016, allowing containers to continue being one of the biggest cloud trends of this year.

Cloud Training And Certification

Cloud technology is big business in the digital sector at the moment. Those who can prove that they have the necessary skills and experience to work in a cloud-based role will stand head and shoulders above other candidates who are applying for the same job. Organisations also need to invest in the skill-sets of their existing employees to ensure that their training is current and informed about recent developments in cloud technology.

Amazon and Google already have their own cloud training certification paths in place, but you can also find generalist cloud training from smaller training providers.

Large Company Cloud Adoption

One of the cloud trends likely to gather pace this year is the migration of large companies to the cloud. Startup companies and SMEs have had no difficulty in shifting their small operations to the cloud. Yet large companies with more complicated infrastructures have held back from migrating to the cloud. However, the benefits such as cost-effectiveness and the ability to dramatically reduce IT overheads are impossible for large companies to ignore, especially as they forecast their future profits. Therefore it is likely that 2016 will be the year that large enterprises from a wide range of industries migrate their entire infrastructure to the cloud.

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