Cloud hosting has unlocked all kinds of possibilities for small businesses and enterprises alike. One thing is for sure, we can expect this to continue in 2016. But specifically how will cloud services develop in the year ahead?
Here are six cloud hosting trends that will shape the industry in 2016.
1. Continued migration of workloads to the cloud for in-house IT
It's no secret that UK companies have adopted cloud hosting in their droves. Between SaaS, PaaS and IaaS, the vast majority of UK businesses now use some form of cloud resource. In 2016, the migration of workloads to the cloud will only continue and in-house servers will become even rarer.
As more and more businesses eschew their in-house infrastructure in favour of the cloud, it drives exciting new innovations in cloud products, services and solutions. In addition, as more data is moved to the cloud, smart companies will identify new, innovative ways to use it.
2. Private clouds will lead the way
While private cloud growth has slowed in 2015 compared to the adoption of hypercloud vendors' public cloud, such as AWS, they still lead the way in terms of workloads. This will continue in 2016 for two reasons. Firstly, private cloud is simply a better fit than public cloud for a wide range of organisations and applications. Enterprises’ find it easier to adopt private cloud than entrust their sensitive data to public cloud. Secondly, mature hypercloud users will migrate away as their need for flexibility wains and they realise they are paying over the odds for stable workloads and always-on instances.
3. Rising security concerns, rising outsourcing
As cloud adoption continues and we all become more connected through the services we use, devices we own and the new ways in which we integrate them, the risk from escalating cyber threats will proliferate for more and more businesses. Accounts of high profile attacks in the press have heightened security awareness amongst businesses and consumers, and thus we can expect increased investments in security in 2016.
The challenge for all businesses, big and small, is finding affordable solutions for implementing the necessary protection. This will, in all likelihood, lead to a rise in the outsourcing of cloud security to dedicated providers.
4. Containerisation will resurge dedicated server use
The dedicated server market seemed to be shrinking, with businesses favouring the obvious benefits of virtualisation. The sudden industry awakening to containerisation, however, has somewhat reversed this trend, to the point where we can expect dedicated server usage to rise again in 2016. The vendors that will prosper from this will be the ones that have embraced internal automation and can offer bare metal cloud solutions, such as ServerSpace’s sister company, Redstation.
5. Increase in managed hypercloud services
Hypercloud providers Amazon, Microsoft and Google have built powerful, flexible offerings that have enabled all sorts of business to benefit from their scale and expertise. But with this power and flexibility comes increased complexity and each supplier has a plethora of technologies, options and price points. Managing these as your estate grows, along with other solutions that can not be consolidated with them, quickly becomes a challenge. In 2016 it can be expected that businesses will increasingly turn to UK cloud hosting companies to provide managed hypercloud services. Cloud hosting providers would be wise to develop this capability, just as ServerSpace has.
6. Disaster recovery as a service will advance
Disaster recovery (DR) is still the elephant in the room when it comes to cloud computing. Everyone wants full DR but no one wants to pay for it. Therefore, this market is ripe for disruption and recent innovations have enabled that process to begin.
Take Veeam, for instance. As a suite of cloud native backup and DR solutions, Veeam has enabled providers to break down the challenge of DR and offer an altogether more compelling solution - one that makes better use of resources and incorporates automation, making it both more affordable and effective. The disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) market, where providers have the ability to fully manage DR for companies, with rapid RPOs and RTOs thanks to technologies like Veeam, will advance and begin to mature in 2016.
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