While public cloud demand continued to grow - with Microsoft joining AWS in what is fast becoming a two-horse race - enterprises continue to focus on standing up on-premise clouds during 2015. SEE ALSO,WHAT IS DEVOPS?
Once again, much of the talk has been around managing hybrid cloud environments as businesses become more confident with managing internal and external infrastructure resources. And it is a trend that is set to continue. See also: 12 best uses of IoT in the enterprise.
Questions have remained about the viabilty of OpenStack, but the open source ecosystem continued to gain enterprise followers this year.
Containerisation was the hottest topic this year, and it is unlikely that interest will die down any time soon.
But what else will lead the cloud agenda next year?
1. Containers hit the mainstream
Containers were one of the most hyped technologies of 2015, but Matthew Finnie, CTO of Interoute, predicts that the trend will become more widely adopted next year.
“Containerisation as a platform will start to become a viable enterprise alternative – the widespread use of cloud and further abstraction away from the physical kit will lead to the next step in enterprise infrastructure based on containers like Core OS’s Docker.
"The ability to rapidly create and deploy applications globally will start to replace legacy models, saving money and time and providing higher levels of agility."
2. Cloud will hold key to Internet of things (IoT) growth
Marc Olesen, Splunk’s SVP and GM of cloud solutions says:“Cloud will become the de facto platform for IoT. As organisations increasingly bring IoT devices to market, cloud will be the de facto platform for collecting and analysing data generated by these IoT devices and to ensure their uptime and performance.”
3. Demand for cloud skills will boom
Campbell Williams, group strategy and marketing director at Six Degrees Group says: "In order to get the most out of the cloud, businesses are increasingly likely to emphasise the necessity of cloud expertise and there will be a greater investment in people who help power the cloud across the market.
"Despite its high level of automation, cloud technology doesn’t run itself. Businesses of all sizes are realising that human expertise is an enormous part of making cloud strategies a success and that human element is vital to fully leveraging the advantages of the cloud.
"From SMEs at one end of the scale to the largest, most agile corporates at the other, 2016 will see organisations increase their own cloud strategy expertise or rely on partners who can deliver it for them."
4. 'Hyperconverged' hype will die down
Tintri – Kieran Harty, CTO & Co-founder and Brandon Salmon, office of the CTO, say: "The hype around hyperconverged ramped up in 2015, as some vendors blurred the lines between hyperconverged and web-sale.
"In 2016, more people will realise that companies such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon, which have been building web-scale infrastructures, have set-ups that don’t remotely resemble hyperconverged.
"As more virtualised enterprises realise the limitations of hyperconverged and establish a need to scale server and storage separately, they will instead gravitate more towards converged solutions."
5. Devops to become "integral" to enterprise IT teams
Samson David, SVP, global head cloud, infrastructure services and security, Infosys says: "Devops will be a starting player for the enterprise team: Next year’s booming market demand for devops tools will eliminate siloed setups, narrow thinking and resistance to change.
"2016 will see devops tools become an integral component to the new ways of working and change the organisational culture within enterprises.
"With a focus on people, process and tools, companies will reorganise talent and include devops in collaborative work models."