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2016 cloud predictions for APAC's IT transformation journey

John Engates, Chief Technology Officer, Rackspace | Jan. 14, 2016
John Engates of Rackspace predicts how the cloud market will change this year.

What many companies don't want, however, is vendor lock-in. Choosing the wrong technology or provider ranks up there with security as one of the biggest worries keeping CIOs up at night. And that's why I predict open source will continue to play a critical role in cloud growth. Last year I described OpenStack, at age 5, as boring, and explained why that was good. Boring means stable and that stable foundation will allow enterprise in 2016 to more fully embrace open source cloud solutions and making them part of their companies' overall cloud strategies.

And my most fun prediction for 2016 - virtual reality heats up and heads to your mobile device. Evidence of this breakthrough includes the New York Times sending subscribers a free Google cardboard so they could watch immersive stories in 360 degree virtual reality, and companies like Samsung and MergeVR bringing virtual reality goggles to the mainstream this holiday season. It's not going to be about new, expensive devices offering a VR experience, it's going to be about using the devices we already have in new, innovative ways.

And how will mass adoption of VR and augmented reality technology affect the adoption of cloud? It will certainly accelerate it. Companies will need additional storage, strong and fast connectivity and more tools from Software as a service vendors - and it will all be in the cloud.

I know, I know - no predictions for personal jet packs this year. But I can say with relative certainty (check back next December!) that companies in Asia and across the world will continue to grapple with IT transformation and the incredible possibilities it opens up, from monetizing data to augmented reality. But with the reality of flat IT budgets and continues talent wars, companies will also have to accept that, for the most part, they can no longer go it alone.


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